When was the last time you checked your oil level? Checking your engine oil level once a week should be part of any vehicle owners basic checks. The correct amount of engine oil not only helps keep your engine running smoothly, but if the oil level is too low your engine will also wear more quickly. In the long run, a simple oil check really is going to save you time and money.
What you need
- 1L bottle of suitable engine oil
- Clean cloth
Switch off the engine and wait a few minutes for the oil to settle.
Next, remove the dipstick and wipe it clean.
You'll find the dipstick protruding from the front or side of the engine. It's easily located by looking for the yellow looped end.
Push the dipstick all the way in, wait a moment, then withdraw it to check the level.
The oil should be between the two marks - not above the top mark or below the bottom mark.
If the level is low, remove the oil cap and add a small amount of oil using a funnel.
The scale on the side of the bottle will indicate how much has been added. Continually check the level by repeating steps 2 and 3.
Once the level is correct, ensure the dipstick and oil cap are secure and any spilt oil has been wiped away.
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