How to check your car's engine oil levels
When you were learning to pass your test, you probably learnt how to check a car’s oil levels.
However, there’s a reasonably high chance that you’ve forgotten! Don’t worry; even experienced motorists can use a reminder of how to maintain their car.
Checking your oil is a super-easy way to make sure your car is functioning correctly, and you can do it at home.
Here’s a quick run-through on why you should check your oil, and how to do it!
Why should I check the engine’s oil?
You must check the engine oil at least once a month to confirm the oil level is sufficient and isn’t contaminated.
Oil is critical to a car engine. Without good engine oil, the engine parts can’t lubricate, and it will corrode.
Video on how to top up the engine oil level
How do I check my oil levels?
- Ensure your vehicle’s parked on level ground and your engine is cool.
- Open your bonnet and locate the dipstick. If you’re unsure where this is, check your user manual. Your car may not have a dipstick – some modern vehicles are fitted with electronic oil monitors.
- Remove the dipstick and wipe clean with a cloth and replace back in the holder.
- Then remove it again this time looking for the high and low levels marks on the dipstick.
- If you need to add oil, simply find the screw-off cap on top of the engine and unscrew that cap.
- Add oil as needed using a filter, so you don’t make a mess! Top the oil up a little at a time checking the dipstick level as you go.
- Overfilling with oil can cause as much damage as having too little.