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Under The Hood: What You Need To Know

Ben Gribbin

Ben Gribbin

August 7, 2019

Hello, I'm the editor of FunRover. I'm a massive Land Rover fan. Currently own a TD5 90. 2015 MR Blogger of the Year
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Buying a car is something most of us will do during our adulthood, and when it comes to buying your first car, it is important for you to get to know your machine up close and personal. 
During the time you learn to drive, you will be taught about some general features of your machine and where to find them. However, you will also be left in the dark about a lot of the features in your car such as the features under the hood. 
No matter what car you decide to purchase this year whether it be from Affordable Cars or the manufacturer, it is important to know how everything works under the hood in detail so that if you ever get caught out in the middle of nowhere, you know what to do. Today we are lifting the hood and talking about what you will find in your car. 

Engine Coolant

When ensuring that the car is healthy and running smoothly each week, it is important for you to check under the hood for the engine coolant. Your engine is like the heart of your car. It generates energy and allows the car to move and function. However, especially in the summertime, the engine can overheat easily and this makes it dangerous to sit in. Engine coolant will regulate the temperature of the engine to prevent it burning out and ceasing to work. 

Brake Fluid

The next fluid to be aware of in the car is brake fluid. As we press the brakes in the car, brake fluid helps to keep the brakes steady and smooth so that you will not jolt and judder on the road. It is important to keep the brake fluid topped up to the max at all times, and this is why you should check this every few weeks for safety. 

Engine Oil

As well as coolant, the engine needs oil which acts as a lubricant to allow moving parts to run against each other smoothly. It is important for you to utilise engine oil for the smooth running of the car and you can check the levels every few weeks by checking the dipstick. Every car has a dipstick which indicated the level of oil in the car, and this can be easily checked by pulling out the dipstick, wiping it clean, then dipping it back into the car before pulling out to see the level. The level of oil in your car should always be between the minimum and maximum. 

Power Steering Fluid

Power steering is a feature of modern cars which you never likely notice, but you would see a huge change in the car if it was gone. Power steering fluid is important for the smooth drive, and you should check this often for safety. Make sure that the reservoir is always full.  Now that you know a little more about what’s under the hood of your car, you can maintain a safe and secure vehicle every day for the future. 

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