You should check your oil levels on a regular basis, as oil lubricates the engine to prevent friction and ensure optimal performance, checking regularly will help avoid costly damage.

You should park your vehicle on a flat surface and make sure that the engine has been switched off for at least 2 minutes. If you try to check your oil levels as soon as you have switched off the engine it will produce an incorrect reading.

You will need:

  • A cloth or paper towel to wipe the dipstick when you are checking your oil levels.

Follow these simple steps to check your oil levels:

  • Open your bonnet
  • Find the dipstick (it is usually a yellow ring)
  • Take out the dipstick
  • Wipe excess oil off the dipstick using your cloth or paper towel
  • Replace the dipstick and remove again

This will now show an accurate reading of your oil level. The oil level should be somewhere between the maximum and minimum markers.

What to do if you oil level is too low

If your oil level is too low you will need to top it up or you risk damaging your vehicles engine. If you do not know the correct oil for your vehicle you should be able to find this information in your vehicles owners manual.

Follow these simple steps to top up your oil:

  • Find the oil filler cap under your bonnet (this is usually marked with the word 'OIL' and a picture of an oil can)
  • Pour in small amounts of oil at a time
  • Keep checking your oil level on the dipstick until you have added the required amount of oil
  • Screw the oil filler cap back on making sure it is secure

If you would like more guidance on how to check/replace the oil in your vehicle or any other vehicle maintenance information, contact your nearest Furrows dealership here.