The Basics: Checking Your Engine Oil

It’s important to check your engine oil on a regular basis to ensure it isn’t running low or become contaminated. Engine oil helps to maintain your vehicles engine and keeps it running smoothly. If your vehicles engine oil is low, dirty or smells like fuel, its time to top it up or change it.

Changing your engine oil is a simple process and can be done from home and doesn’t require a mechanic.

1. Make sure your engine is switched off and your engine is at a safe temperature.

2. Open your bonnet and locate your dipstick (usually a bright colour) near the front left hand side of the vehicle. Gently remove the dipstick and grab a lint free cloth.

3. Use the cloth to wipe all the oil off the dipstick and gently re-insert the dipstick.

4. Remove the dipstick again and check the level of the oil. It should be between the upper and lower marks of the dipstick. If the oil is below the indented section of the dipstick then its time to top up your engine oil.

5. To fill up your engine oil, re-insert the dipstick into the tube and remove the oil fill cap. Check your vehicle handbook if you are uncertain of which old your vehicle requires. Take your time when toping up the oil and allow it to drain into the engine as overfilling can cause leaks.

If you still don’t feel comfortable in changing your vehicle engine oil, give us a call on 01204 653 900 and book in to ensure no further problem arise.

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