Checking your car’s engine oil should be a routine part of maintaining and servicing your car. Ideally, you should lift the dipstick to check the oil at least once a week. That way, you can be sure your engine is always well lubricated and protected, minimising wear and tear no matter how many miles you cover.
If you’re new to driving or need a reminder of how to check your car’s engine oil, we’re here with a complete step-by-step guide to the process. We’ve also included tips on finding the right engine oil, and advice on how to change the oil yourself.
Checking your car’s engine oil is simple, and a lot of drivers will have learnt how to do it during their driving lessons. However, if you need a quick refresher, here’s a basic guide on how to check your car’s engine oil:
As well as the oil level, there are other things to look for when checking your car’s oil dipstick. We’ll take a look at these below:
It’s important to follow the service schedule recommended by the manufacturer when servicing your car; you’ll find all this information in the manual. However, as a rule of thumb, you should look to change the oil as part of your car’s annual full service. By mileage, that’s around every 12,000 miles.
While an oil change is often included as part of a full service, it’s something you can easily do yourself at home. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to change the oil in your car.
How to change the oil:
Tip – unsure what to do with your old oil? Pour it into a sealable bottle and take it to your local recycling centre or garage, who will be able to recycle it for you.
The car’s manual provides full information about what engine oil your car needs. Alternatively, there are plenty of online tools where you can input your reg number to find the information you’re looking for.
We hope this guide has proved useful in helping you take care of your car. For more motoring news and advice, take a look at the Brindley blog or for our full collection of new and used cars and servicing plans, visit the homepage today.