How To Check You Oil Levels

Added: 31 October 2016

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Engine oil is a very important component that keeps your car running smoothly. Oil levels are checked during your cars service or MOT but it is important for you to check it as well. Here is our step by step guide on how to check and top up your engine oil.

Turn your engine off

Before you check you oil level make sure you have switched off the engine and have left it to cool a little while.

Find the dipstick

Once you have given the engine time to cool, lift the bonnet and locate the dipstick. They are brightly coloured and will have a little hoop that you use to pull it out the tube.

Clean the dipstick

Using a cloth clean all the oil off the dipstick. As you do so take note of the oil level marks on the dipstick. This is what you will use to check the oil levels.

Check the oil level

Once the dipstick is clean slowly insert it back into the tube and then remove it again. This is where you check the oil level on the dipstick. It should sit between the upper and lower mark. If the oil level is heading towards the lower mark then top it up. Do this slowly as you don’t want it to overfill and spill onto the engine. If you do spill any oil on the engine use a cloth to clean it all up before you close the bonnet.

Contact us

If you aren't sure what oil to use in your car, there are a lot on the market to choose from, then give our service team a call and they will be able to find the best product for your car. You can also book your car in for a service and we will check the oil levels as part of the service, head over to our service pages and book it in today!