This post was written by: Channing Puls
Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators need to check their fluids daily on a level surface to ensure their vehicle is in safe operating condition. The six fluids that need to be checked are:
1. Engine Oil: A driver must check the engine oil level and condition regularly. The engine oil dipstick is usually easily identified by the yellow handle located on the driver’s side. When checking the oil, make sure that the oil level is between the minimum and maximum marks on the dipstick and that the oil is clean and not contaminated.
2. Coolant: It is vital to check a vehicle’s coolant level in the radiator to ensure it is at the recommended level. You can check the coolant level by looking at the sight glass on the side of the radiator.
3. Power Steering Fluid: When checking the power steering fluid, make sure that the fluid is within the advised range. Most vehicles have a power steering fluid reservoir that is easy to spot.
4. Transmission Fluid: When inspecting transmission fluid levels, use the dipstick near the back of the engine compartment. If the fluid is low, be sure to add more.
5. Windshield Washer Fluid: Having an adequate amount of windshield washer fluid will help a driver with visibility and safety while on the road. The reservoir is near the firewall on the passenger side.
6. Fuel: Fuel gets a driver from point A to point B. Before and during a trip, it is important to keep an eye on fuel levels and stop if necessary to fill up.
It’s important to follow a manufacturer’s recommendations for each fluid and change them as needed. Regular fluid checks and maintenance can help keep your vehicle in safe and reliable condition.
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