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How to Check Fluids 05-10 Chrysler 300

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  1. step : Checking the Brake Fluid (0:52)
    • Lift up the covering on the cowl panel
    • Twist off the brake fluid reservoir cap
    • Check the brake fluid level with a flash light
    • Check that the brake fluid is clear
    • If the brake fluid is dark or murky, flush and replace it
    • Twist on the brake fluid cap
  2. step : Checking the Coolant (2:43)
    • Let the engine bay cool before removing the cap
    • Twist off the coolant overflow bottle cap
    • Check the coolant level
    • Add coolant as necessary
    • Twist on the coolant overflow bottle cap
  3. step : Checking the Power Steering Fluid (3:58)
    • Twist off the power steering fluid reservoir cap
    • Wipe off the fluid from the dipstick
    • Insert the cap
    • Check the steering fluid level
    • Add fluid as necessary
    • Check that the fluid is clear
    • If the fluid is murky or burnt, flush and replace it
    • Twist on the power steering fluid cap
  4. step : Checking the Engine Oil (4:52)
    • Pull out the engine oil dipstick
    • Clean the dipstick
    • Reinsert the dipstick
    • Pull out the dipstick
    • Check that the oil level is up to the hashmarks
    • Reinsert the dipstick
    • Twist off the engine oil cap
    • Add oil as necessary
    • Recheck the oil level
    • Twist on the oil cap
  5. step : Checking the Washer Fluid (5:58)
    • Pull off the washer fluid cap
    • Fill the washer fluid reservoir
    • Snap on the washer fluid cap

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In this video, we're going to be working with our 2006 Chrysler 300 3.5-liter V6. We're going to show you how to inspect the levels and conditions of all of your underhood fluids. Keeping these fluids up to the proper levels and in good condition is critical to ensuring the longevity of your engine and its related parts.

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Open your hood. The fluids under the hood on this vehicle are located under this cap here. We have our brake fluid reservoir, our coolant reservoir which is also the fill location on this vehicle. There is no fill cap on the radiator here. We have our power steering reservoir up here at the driver's side front. Our oil fill cap right over here on the driver's side of the engine. Over on the passenger side of the engine bay we have our engine oil dipstick as well our washer fluid reservoir and while the battery of this vehicle is located in the trunk, if you ever have to jumpstart it, we have a jump post here with the ground post over here by the strut tower.

This cap up here on the cowl right by the windshield on the driver's side simply pops up at the front to reveal our master cylinder or brake fluid reservoir. Remove the cap. The best way to check the fluid level in one of these reservoirs because they get pretty cloudy and difficult to see over time is to put a flashlight on the top, and you can see here we have our max fluid level, which is where we want that filled up to. If you take a look, our fluid is kind of a dark reddish brown color which means it's got to have some kind of contaminants in there. Normally, your brake fluid should be clear or almost a green tea kind of color. Any dark burnt colors or any kind of debris means that we'll have to flush our fluid out and change it.Put the tabs on the cover back underneath the slots of the rear and snap the front down into place.

Now you'll notice that this cap is a steel cap, like you would find on a radiator. If your vehicle has been running and is up to temperature, this cap is hot and under pressure, so be sure to let the vehicle cool down before you push down, rotate the cap counterclockwise. There'll be one click which loosens it but will only relieve pressure. Do that first. Once the pressure is released, push down and rotate it counterclockwise again to remove your cap.

Once again, these bottles tend to get pretty murky, so if you put a light on top, we can see our coolant level down in there. You can see our max level cold and our minimum level is down by the intake here. This coolant, we would want to top up a little bit. Once you've topped your coolant level back up, reinstall the cap. Push down and rotate it, two clicks. Make sure it's on there nice and tight.

Next is our power steering reservoir. Cap those counterclockwise and releases. You'll see that we have a dipstick on the end here and some red fluid which means that this vehicle uses automatic transmission fluid or ATF as opposed to a clear power steering fluid. The way to check this is with a clean rag or paper towel, wipe off that fluid, install it, tighten the cap, remove it, and check the level again. Ours is right up to the full line so this fluid is all set.

The other thing you'll want to check is that the fluid is nice and red and not a brown or black color, that it doesn't smell burnt or have any kind of particles or debris in it. That would suggest that we have a fault somewhere in our power steering system. Remove your oil dipstick. Wipe it off with a rag or paper towel. Make sure that's clean. Insert it fully. Remove the dipstick again and lay it over onto our paper towel here.

You could see we have a minimum here with an arrow up to this bottom line on the hash marks and at the top of the hash marks we have the maximum mark. These hash marks in between indicate one quart of oil. You could see that our oil is about halfway up those hash marks so this vehicle needs about a half quart. What you would do is wipe off your dipstick, just rest it in there, open your oil cap, and pour in a half quart of oil, give it a moment to run down and recheck your dipstick. Repeat that process until you're back up to the full line and reinstall the dipstick. Your washer fluid is nice and easy. Open the cap, grab your favorite washer fluid, and fill to capacity.

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