Did you know that most experts recommend checking 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 that prevents the engine components of your car from damage cause by friction as they move around. Here’s how to check your engine oil level in 4 simple steps:
1. Turn off the engine
Make sure the engine is cool so you don’t burn yourself and so that the engine oil has settled. Ensure that it has been off for at least 10 minutes and is cool. You’ll also need to make sure that your car is parked on a level surface.
2. Locate the dipstick
Pop open the bonnet, and look for the dipstick. The dipstick is a long rod which goes deep into your engine and usually has a brightly coloured handle.
3. Clean the dipstick
Wipe any oil off the dipstick with a clean cloth or rag.
4. Check the oil level
Stick the clean 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 need to top up your oil to risk causing any engine damage. If you engine oil is dirty (dark black) consider replacing it.
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 to check your engine oil or book a trusted mechanic now to come have a look for you.
We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email at [email protected], or by phone on 087 803 9000.