Did you know that most experts reckon you should check your engine oil at least once per month, when was the last time you checked yours? Engine oil is super important as it acts as a lubricant which prevents the different parts of the car damaging each other as they move around the engine. How to check your engine oil level in 4 simple steps:
- Turn off the engine – you’ll need to make sure that the engine is cool so you don’t burn yourself. Ensure that it has been off for at least 10 minutes and is cool before you check the oil. You’ll also need to make sure that your car is parked on a level surface.
- Locate the dipstick – pop open the bonnet, and look for the dipstick. The dipstick is a long rod which goes deep into your engine to check the oil level, and usually has a brightly coloured handle.
- Clean the dipstick – you’ll need to wipe any oil off the dipstick with a clean cloth or rag.
- Check the oil level – to do this put the dipstick back into the tube, and ensure the end reaches the bottom, then pull the dipstick back out again. There will be an upper and lower mark on the dipstick, the oil level should be between these two marks. If it’s below or on the lower mark, you’ll want to top up your oil.
Some cars have a digital oil check function in their cars and no longer use dip sticks. Different cars access the oil levels from the dash in different ways. If your car does not have a dip stick, check your car manual to see how this is done. Want to see us take care of this for you? We’d be happy to help- you can book a minor service which ensures that your engine oil level is okay among many other checks