In this guide, we will go over how to check all the automotive fluids on a 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander. It is important to have a maintenance regimen. At routine maintenance intervals, it is a good idea to check the seven automotive fluids. Fluids may be low, contaminated, or breaking down and need to be filled or changed.
What you will need
- Shop towels
- Brake fluid testing strips
- Engine coolant tester
- Automotive fluids such as engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, washer fluid, etc.
Follow these steps to check the fluids on the Mitsubishi outlander:
1. Check the brake fluid level by looking at the side of the master cylinder reservoir. Make sure the brake fluid is between the MIN and MAX markers on the side. If needed take the cap off the reservoir to see the fluid.
2. Check the engine coolant level by seeing if the coolant is between the MIN MAX lines on the side of the coolant overflow tank.
3. Check the transmission fluid level by pulling the transmission dipstick out. Wipe the dipstick off with a shop towel and reinsert the dipstick and pull it back out. Check to see if the fluid level is between the MIN MAX markers on the stick. Refer to the owner's manual to see if the vehicle needs to be running, in park, or in neutral, before checking the dipstick.
4. Check the engine oil level with the vehicle off and on a level surface. Pull out the engine oil dipstick and wipe it off. Reinsert the dipstick and pull it back out. Check to make sure the level is between the MIN and MAX markers on the dipstick.
5. Check the windshield washer fluid level by pulling the cap off of the windshield washer fluid reservoir and pulling the dipstick out of the reservoir. The dipstick has perforations on the side that will catch the fluid and show the level at which it is filled. Alternatively, the blue fluid can be seen through the reservoir, fill the fluid up to the top of the filler neck.
How often should I check the automotive fluids on a Mitsubishi Outlander?
We recommend checking all the fluids of the vehicle at routine maintenance intervals. This means any time any other maintenance is being performed on the vehicle it is a good time to check all of the fluids.
My car is leaking fluid, is it safe to drive?
It depends on how much and what kind of fluid it is leaking. This is why it is always a good idea to frequently check fluid levels. If the vehicle is really low on engine oil, coolant, or transmission fluid it can lead to excess wear or even failure on the moving parts of the powertrain.