Check and change your oil

Checking and changing your oil is a necessary evil and it isn’t worth putting it off. If you’re not sure how to go about it, we have put together a short guide! If you have any questions, do get in touch with a member of the team, or book in for a check and change with us.

If you’re into the technical facts, the oil lubricates the moving parts of your engine, keeps everything clean inside and also prevents against overheating. Checking your oil is easy and so is changing it to some extent, so here’s what you need to know.

Checking it

It is worth noting first that you should check your car manual for any specifics. Some cars ow have electronic indicators but the traditional way to check your oil level is with a dipstick.

Make sure your car is parked on level ground and in most cases, your engine will need to be cold – check this in your manual. Open the hood and find the oil and dipstick. Pull it out and wipe away any excess oil, then slide it all the way back in. This time, when you pull it out, look at both sides of the stick to see where the oil is. There will be a marker on your dipstick, whether that is a cross section or something more obvious like MIN and MAX. if everything looks okay and your oil level is fine, you are good to go.

Adding it

If you need to add oil, firstly check it is the correct oil for your engine. You will need to add a little at a time, as overfilling can be bad for your engine. Add with caution and wait a minute or so before adding more, checking with your dipstick each time.

Changing it

If you are unsure about changing your oil, you can pay for a professional to do it but here are the basic steps:

Check the type of oil you need and gather provisions like a filter wrench, funnel and cloths. Make sure your vehicle is on flat ground and the engine is off and cool, unless the manual states otherwise. Find the oil filter and drain plug and begin to drain the oil. Once it is empty, tighten the plug and change your oil filter. You can then add your new oil and of course, check the oil level.

There you have our rundown on how to check and change the oil in your car. If you are at all unsure, get in touch with a member of the team or book in for car servicing in Birmingham with MotorServ UK Solihull.