Oil Check the Engine Saver
Did you know that most car experts reckon you should check your engine oil at least once a month?
Cold weather can affect the flow of oil as it becomes thicker and more viscous at lower temperatures. This can ake it more difficult for the oil to flow through the engine when warming up, which can lead to increased wear and tear on the engine. Hence, it’s important to ensure the oil is in good condition and topped up to the correct level.
Most vehicles will display a warning light to indicate that you need an oil change, but it’s recommended that you check the engine oil level regularly using the dipstick method – and it’s so simple and quick to do!
Step 1: Prepare to check
Make sure your vehicle is parked on level ground with the engine off, the transmission in Park (or the manual transmission in a lower gear) and the hand brake on. Ensure that the engine is cool, and it has been off for at least 10 minutes before you check the oil. Things might get messy so have a rag or paper towel handy.
Lift the hood. If you’re not sure how to do this, consult your owner’s manual.
Step 2: Locate the dipstick
The dipstick is a long rod that goes deep into the engine to check the oil level and usually has a brightly coloured handle or is marked with an oil can symbol.
Step 3: Pull out the dipstick and check
Pull the dipstick fully out of the tube that it’s stored in and use a rag or paper towel and wipe any oil off the end of the dipstick.
You should see two marks on the dipstick itself, identifying the minimum and maximum oil levels.
Step 4: Pull out the dipstick and check
After it’s clean, push the dipstick all the way back into the tube. Let it sit and then remove it again.
If the level is halfway between the minimum and maximum levels on the dipstick you don’t need to add any oil. If it’s below halfway, you may want to add some oil. If it’s below the minimum mark, you need to add oil.
Once done, put back the dipstick and clear up any oil spills before closing the bonnet.
Article By: ClickMechanic.co.uk
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