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Pro tips from Barry’s Auto Body, 4301 Amboy Rd, Staten Island, Ny’s
only eco-friendly, full-service auto body repair facility. We accept all insurance companies.
This video is about checking under the car’s hood. Checking under the car’s hood is actually
very important. People don’t realize that if there is a problem under your car’s hood,
if the fluid levels are off, if there’s a check engine light on and it ends up causing
a problem in your engine, that’s not going to be warrantied. Even on a newer car, the
dealer will not warranty that, and you could end up with a couple thousand dollar bill
because you didn’t check the fluids in your car and because there was an issue. So they
should be checked regularly, maybe twice a year, or at least once a year. This is windshield washer fluid. If you’re
going to put windshield washer fluid in, it should be the one that says 30 below or something
that says de-icer on it. There are other fluids on the market, they’re sold in New York even
though they shouldn’t be. The problem is that even if you put them in in the summer, that
windshield washer fluid is going to be the same that goes in the winter. And during the
winter months when you really need it, and it’s snowing out, you don’t want to get stuck
when all of a sudden you’re going to use your windshield wipers and it ends up freezing
on you. Because then they won’t work and you won’t be able to use them and you’ll be stuck
in a snow storm. Also you should be using a funnel. You see how we’re not just pouring
it in, and just letting it spout all over into all the wiring and everything on the
car. You’re better off using a funnel. It makes it a lot easier and simpler. This right here is the brake fluid. It’s right
above on this car. It happens it would be above the brake booster. And you can see it
has the yellow cap on top. Once you take the yellow cap off, you see the fluid inside – that’s
the brake fluid. The owner’s manual will tell you what kind of brake fluid to use. And there’s also on the brake fluid that we
were just looking at, and also this one the power steering fluid. There’s a min and max
mark. There’s arrows on the side of it that are going to tell you a min and a max. And
you want to make sure that it’s better off toward the max. But as long as it’s in the
middle of the two, you’ll be alright. But you should try to have it right at the max
level. This is basically also easy to check. This
is the engine oil. You see how I took it out and I’m actually cleaning it all off first
before we check it. You want to make sure all of the oil is off of that because you
don’t want a false reading. We’re going to stick it back in. Stick it back in and let
it sit for a minute – don’t pull it right out. Let it sit for at least 3-4 seconds.
Now we’re going to pull it out straight, not touching the side as best you can, anyway.
And you can see it’s right up to the maximum mark in this car. So that means we don’t have
to add any and it’s a very simple mark. It could be in the middle there, but we wouldn’t
recommend that. The oil – you really want to be as close to the max mark as you can. And now we had to take the top cover off,
which pulled right off on this car. And the owner’s manual will let you know that. We,
even as professionals, we even check the owner’s manual. And this is the tranny fluid. Most
cars you can check the tranny fluid. Certain cars you actually have to put the car on a
lift to check the tranny fluid, and that would be done by a mechanic. But most cars you could
do yourself, and the owner’s manual will tell you that. Now it’s the same thing on the tranny
fluid. We completely cleaned it off, this way there’s no more residue on it before we
check it. And then we’re going to stick it back in. So we’re sticking it back in, and
you let it sit for a second, or at least a few. You should let it sit for about 3-4 seconds
at least. And you also want to check the owner’s manual on the engine and the transmission
fluid to see if it’s telling you to check it while the car is started or while it’s
not started. Because every car will be different on that, and you do have to check the owner’s
manual. That one the fluid was good also, it was close to the maximum mark, and it was
right where it should be. Engine and transmission fluid though – and I want to stress that enough
– make sure you check the owner’s manual because some cars are different. Some cars you need
to check the engine when it’s started, other cars it’s when it’s off and then vice versa
and the same thing with the transmission. The battery terminals – you want to make sure
that the battery terminals are tight. If they’re clean that’s fin. We do have another video
on actually cleaning the terminals, but that’s for another video. Now the fuses in the car,
it’s always recommended if a fuse blows, or if you have an electrical, if a radio goes
out or something, you shouldn’t just check the radio fuse, you should check all the fuses. That I just had in my hand is a fuse puller.
Any car, they have that in the fuse box, and you can pull the fuses out if there is a blown
fuse. That’s me just demonstrating pulling a fuse out. And that fuse is good, you can
see the fuse is good. That fuse is going back in. It’s a good fuse going back in. It was
a bad fuse we took out. The fuse is back in and it’s nice and secure. Now when checking
the fuse, you’re going to have a top on top of each fuse. You see how the light goes on
on either side of the fuse? There’s a metal top, it’s just like a little nipple sticking
out the top of either side of the fuse. And either side, when you touch the top of the
fuse, the light will go on and it’s telling you that you have electric there. Now on either
side of the fuse, if one side has electric – so basically if one side turns red and the
other doesn’t – then you know you have a blown fuse. If both of them turn red, that’s fine.
If both of them don’t turn on it’s fine also because that would just be a dead fuse or
a spare fuse. For other tips as far as checking underneath
the engine, basically, most important, like I said before, check the owner’s manual. Most
things are in the owner’s manual. There’s also a lot of other stuff on the internet
and Google and everything. You can always call us at Barry’s auto body. Our telephone
number is 718-948-8585. Check us out also on Barrysautobody.com, and we’re located at
4301 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY, 10312. It’s right on the corner of Amboy Road and
Armstrong Avenue. We’re a block away from Amboy Road and Richmond Avenue, which is a
major intersection. And we’re conveniently located right next to Shop & Stop parking
lot. And the Eltingville train station is actually right down the block from us, so
it’s a good spot for anyone that wants to bring their car in. Take care, thank you very
much.

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