When Should You Check Your Oil?

Posted on September 15, 2020 at 6:43 pm

Back before modern-day oil sensors, it was recommended to check your oil level every week and if you happen to be driving an older car, this is still the case. Newer cars all have a sensor that notifies you when the oil is low however, it is still recommended that you check the oil yourself every few of weeks, after every 1,000 miles and before heading on a long trip. Newer cars can also need topping up now and then.

Checking oil levels are pretty simple. Here are a few things to remember though:

• If you have just been running the car, allow it to cool before checking oil levels.

• Always pull the dip stick out, wipe it clean, then reinsert and pull out again to get an accurate reading.

• If low, top it up with a high-quality engine oil that is compatible with your vehicle.

• If you are having to fill your oil up often, this could indicate a leak and the vehicle should be inspected by a professional mechanic.

• Ensure that you get your oil changed every 3,000-5,000 miles or every six months.

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