Fluid Checks and Replacement in Rochester MN
The Rochester Toyota service center in Rochester MN provides a full menu of vehicle repairs including maintenance tasks like fluid checks and replacement. Our staff uses only genuine Toyota parts and accessories and has many hours of training and Toyota vehicle repairs under their belts. You can trust that when you bring your vehicle to Rochester Toyota, you will be receiving quality service at a fair price.
When should you have your fluids checked?
It's a good idea to get in the habit of asking your service center to check your fluids each time you get an oil change. On top of that, you should also be checking your own fluid levels depending on the situation. For example, if you live in a winter climate you should be regularly checking your windshield wiper fluid to make sure you don't run out. You should also check your fluid levels if you spot a fluid leak on the ground.
How to Identify Common Fluid Leaks
Water – Your vehicle may leak water for a number of reasons including a running air conditioner. Water will be clear and have no smell. Leaking water is normal and shouldn't be cause for concern.
Oil – Oil will look thick and slippery and can range in color from brown to black. If you suspect your oil is leaking, you may want to check your oil tank. If it is low, fill it with new oil until you can get to a service center for a fix.
Gas – Gas should be relatively easy to recognize thanks to its pungent smell. If you smell gas, you should be very cautious as it is very flammable. Do not start or drive your vehicle if you suspect a gas leak. Call your local service center to get a tow or a mobile repairman.
Coolant – Leaking coolant will be brightly colored (think neon green or pink) and will smell sweet. A lack of coolant could lead to significant engine damage so you should head to a service center ASAP.
Brake Fluid – Brake fluid begins almost clear but can turn brown and even black over time and should have the consistency of cooking oil. If you suspect you have a brake fluid leak, do not drive your vehicle as your brakes could be compromised and may cease to function.