How To: Top-Up Car Fluids
With a modern Toyota, it is likely that most of your car fluids will not need to be topped-up - nevertheless, it is important to know which fluids keep your Toyota running and how to refill them if required.
In case you need to replenish your car fluids, here are some helpful tips to ensure a smooth and safe ride.
The windscreen washer is likely the only fluid you’ll need to top-up on your own.
To check whether your windscreen washer is low:
1. Remove the cap, check the fluid level and refill accordingly, either with genuine Toyota washer fluid or water
These days, engine oil is designed to last between scheduled services - however, if you would like to check the engine oil level:
1. Ensure your engine has been turned off for approximately 5 minutes and allow the engine oil to drain into the sump
2. Remove the dipstick and clean it with a cloth
3. Reinsert the dipstick and then remove it again to check the oil level on the built-in gauge
If the engine oil level is below the full line:
1. Remove the engine oil cap and top it up in small increments
2. Ensure you check in between top-ups to allow enough time for the engine oil to enter the sump, which can take up to 1 minute
To check the engine coolant level:
1. Use a torch to backlight the translucent coolant reservoir to check its fluid level
2. Before removing the reservoir or radiator cap, ensure your vehicle is turned off and wait at least 10 minutes for your engine to cool to avoid major injury
3. Ensure the system is not pressurized by squeezing the top radiator hose - if you can squeeze the hose then its ok to remove
If there are any major fluid level issues, your Toyota will tell you by lighting up a warning icon on the dashboard.
The below fluids should be left to be looked after by your local dealership:
- Brake fluid
- Transmission fluid
- Steering hydraulics
Remember, if you do get stuck on the road, there are over 240 Toyota dealerships across the country who are happy to help – with a Toyota expert never too far away.