Back to Basics- How To Check Your Car's Fluids"

Hi everyone!


Today in our “Back to Basics” series, where we aim to refresh your knowledge of basic car-owner procedures, we’re focusing on “How To Check Your Fluids”. Before setting out on a long drive this holiday season, or tackling the Muskoka roads for a short commute, take the time to ensure your fluids are at their best. 


How to check your fluids 

  1. Park the car on a flat, level surface. Set the parking brake. 
  2. Open the hood. 
  3. Check the motor oil: (After the car cools down for an hour or so)
  • Using the owners manual, locate the dipstick. Pull it all the way out.
  • Wipe clean with a paper towel. 
  • Re-insert all the way, and pull out again, this time reading the oil level.
  • Cross reference reading of oil level with owners manual. 
  • Use your mechanics recommended motor oil to add if your levels are low. 

Things to know:

-“Healthy” motor oil is golden in colour. 

-If oil is dark brown or black, this indicates that it is dirty. Check your records for the last time it was changed. 

-If oil looks milky or foamy, it may be contaminated with coolant. You should consult your mechanic in this case. 

-Pay attention to how often you find yourself filling your oil. If you do so very frequently, you may 

have a leak in the oil tank. Another signs of this is finding oil under the car where you have parked. In this case, it would need to be repaired by a mechanic. 


We hope you’re feeling more prepared for dealing with anything your car needs. 


Safe driving everyone, happy holidays!





Since the 1900's...

Born under the name George Hutcheson, Hutcheson, Reynolds & Caswell Ltd. began providing insurance policies in Muskoka since the early 1900s. Bernard Reynolds joined the firm in the 1940s and purchased the firm from George Hutcheson in 1967. Finally, in 1980, David Caswell joined the company's ranks to complete Hutcheson, Reynolds and Caswell. We have grown along with our name and provide the same dedication to superior customer service and top-notch insurance coverage that George Hutcheson was famous for over 100 years ago.