Checking your oil regularly is important and can help prevent excess engine wear.
- A clean cloth or rag
- Bottle of motor oil (find out which oil is right for your car)
- A funnel
Park the vehicle on a level surface, switch off the engine and wait for 3-4 minutes, until the oil drains into the sump.
Step 2 - Clean the dipstick
Ensure that the engine has cooled off. Pull out the dipstick, use your cloth to wipe off the oil, and then slowly push the dipstick back into its tube.
Step 3 - Check the oil level
Remove the dipstick once more and check the oil level, it should be between the upper and lower marks. If it is closer to the lower one you’ll need to top up your oil.
Step 4 - Top up the oil
If you need to add more oil, put the dipstick back into its tube and remove the cover from the oil filler cap. Slowly pour some oil in, using a funnel if needed and replace the cover.
Wait 60 seconds for the oil to drain into the crankcase, insert the dipstick and check the level again. Add oil if needed and replace the oil filler cap.
Checking and topping up your vehicle’s oil is clearly important in helping to prevent excess engine wear and damage. However one of the most important things you can do to keep your car running in the best condition possible is to change your vehicle’s engine oil and filter.
Our step-by-step guide takes you through how to do this.
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