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A Fluid Situation - Identifying Engine Fluids Under Your Hood

A Fluid Situation - Identifying Engine Fluids Under Your Hood

If that annoying light on your dashboard is on again, you might be thinking, "Oh great! How do I deal with this now?" Don't worry! Frank's is here to help. One of the most common things that will trigger a warning light is a low fluid level and there are several types of fluids that a car or truck needs regularly to operate. They include Wiper Fluid, Engine Oil, Engine Coolant, Brake Fluid and Power Steering Fluid. So what are these mystery liquids? How do you know what you need when and how do you solve it? Let's take a look, in a very simple way, at how these all work... Under the hood of a 2015 Kia Forte. Can you tell where all fluid reservoirs are? Keep reading to find out. More or less the only fluid that you may want to change yourself is your wiper fluid level. When you get in your car on a pollen-filled day or are driving down a briny winter road you know you have to use the wiper wash feature on your car to clean the windshield. That little mist of watery ... read more

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Diesel Truck Water in Fuel Warning Light On

Diesel Truck Water in Fuel Warning Light On

What should you do if the water in fuel warning message comes on in your Ford Powerstroke truck? First of all, you do not need to worry, this is a message indicating that the fuel water separator needs to be drained. Minimize driving until you can service the system to avoid water-related damage or contamination.  The Ford Powerstroke Fuel and water separator is located on the driver's side frame rail just under the driver's seat. It is a large aluminum housing with a black plastic cap to the rear and four fuel lines. Before getting under the truck you will need a drain pan and Allen wrench to drain the water separator. Slide under the truck and remove the Allen plug (indicated by the red arrow) in the lower portion of the pump/separator. After allowing the fuel to drain simply resecure the plug and clean up! Cycle the ignition key to the on position and wait 30 seconds before turning off and repeating. After 2 complete cycles start the truck as you normally wou ... read more

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How to check your cars engine oil

How do I check my cars engine oil? And How do I know if my car is low on oil? Well first warm the car up and park on a flat and level surface. Shut the car off and open the hood by pulling the release lever(generally located at the drivers left knee area). Secure the hood in the raised position. Locate the Engine Oil Dipstick, frequently a yellow ring shaped handle. Remove the dipstick and wipe off the motor oil with a clean towel. Fully reinsert the dipstick and remove to read the current level. Dipsticks all have a range indicated by a hole, crosshatched area or notches. Ideally the oil should be a translucent brown syrup color and filled to the upper hole closest to the handle. The lower hole indicates that you are at the lowest safe operating zone and the motor oil should be immediately topped off and/or completely changed. Remember that the motor oil is the lifeblood of your Engine and a lack of lubrication can be extremely costly. Better to be safe than Sorry