A properly maintained car means all of its various fluids such as transmission oils or brake fluids never run out in their respective reservoirs. The same is true for vehicles that need clutch fluid to function well. Strictly, there really is no specific fluid used and stored in the clutch fluid reservoir. In most cases, brake fluid or transmission oil is what is used as clutch fluid. Having the correct level of the said fluid in its respective container is important if you do not want your car suddenly giving up on you. Knowing how to check the clutch fluid level is important if you want to arrest such situations from happening in the future.
- Familiarize yourself with your car first. Determine if your vehicle is equipped with a clutch fluid reservoir. Read your car user's manual to know about this. There should be a mention about a hydraulic clutch unit installed in your car. If your car has the cable clutch, then it won't need any clutch fluid at all. And of course, if your car is automatic, then it does not have a clutch system installed.
- Know which type of fluid is used in the clutch fluid reservoir. As was mentioned earlier, there isn't a specific type of fluid that's strictly considered as clutch fluid. Some cars will have transmission oil stored in the clutch fluid reservoir while other vehicles will use brake fluid for the purpose. Knowing which one is exactly used in your car is crucial to avoid damaging your car altogether. Read your car owner's manual to learn about this stuff.
- Find where the clutch fluid reservoir is located. It is imperative that the car is completely cooled down and turned off first before you do any checking underneath the hood. Also, it might be a good idea to have the vehicle parked on a level ground to make sure that you get to check the fluid level accurately. Now, you can pop open the car's hood and locate the reservoir. It will typically be located at the back part of the engine close to the much smaller brake fluid reservoir. You can also refer to the car user's manual for the correct location of the clutch fluid reservoir.
- Finally check the clutch fluid level of your car. Remove the cap of the clutch fluid reservoir and use a dipstick to ascertain the fluid level. It should be to the top of the reservoir. If it is lesser than this, then adding some more will be necessary. Once this is done, then you can simply replace the cap.
Car fluids have chemical ingredients which can damage your skin and also your car's paint. Make sure that you carefully handle the dipstick with the clutch fluid and clean it off swiftly once done with the task.