I can remember many years ago that when you drove to a petrol station a man would come out from the store and start filling up the tank with fuel then to up sell he would ask to check your fluid levels.
This was a great service as the smarter service station owners soon realized that the money was under the bonnet but you had to start at the tank.
Perhaps the gull service station in Fremantle may have been one of the last service stations to provide such a service
The problem with new cars these days is that they make you believe that they can run between services without checking vital fluid levels
As long as we operate an internal combustion engine under the bonnet we will always need to check the fluid levels for several reasons
To many times I still here the most common story
“The engine blow up and it was a late model car”
In order to compete within the automotive industry OEM’s decide that the humble combustion engine can now travel longer without service intervals, thus allowing the potential of items like the water level and oil level to suddenly decrease without any warning signs.
Let me further explain what most of you may not consider how your oil level may descend.
Most engines don’t just start pouring out oil and water over night, but have just saying that there are acceptions to the rule.
If you can remember one term about this article it’s the term passive fluid leaks.
But let me just concentrate on the engine oil for now.
Most people by habit and history do the following
Get a new vehicle get all conscientious at the start and wash the vehicle learn how to operate the stereo and most important learn how to tune in the blue tooth not to mention the climate control and the voice activation, ok so you are getting picture.
Now let me take you back to the term passive oil leaks
What does this mean or more to the point how can I tell if I have a passive oil leak.
Well now your thinking proactive
Passive oil leaks will begin leaking oil when the vehicle is in motion and most oil will start to deposit at a point where the vehicle may become stationary for a short time, the most common location will be at a intersection where the vehicle has been running under normal operating Temperature a passive oil leak is a very slow leak but the most deadly to a combustion engine as oil at the correct level also acts or aids towards cooling the engine temperature
This is why checking the oil level at least once a month will prevent your engine from overheating, seizing or blowing up.
Checking the fluid levels on a monthly basis is cheap insurance as breaking down on the side of the road is a precarious activity especially on the side of the road at night