How To Check Your Car Engine Oil

Oil reduces friction in your engine, keeping it running smoothly.

As part of our ‘Car How To’ video series, we have created a handy guide to how to check your car engine oil using a dipstick.

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As part of our ‘Car How To’ video series, we have created a handy guide to how to check your car engine oil using a dipstick.

Car Engine Oil reduces the friction in your engine and keeps it running smoothly.

You should be checking your oil quite regularly – at least once a week.

Before checking your oil

Park your car on a level surface, engine off, handbrake on.

Check what type of oil your car engine requires. About 50% of oil bought is wrong for the car. 

Your car’s handbook will tell you what type of oil you should use and what the minimum amount is.

Checking your oil

Open your bonnet to locate your car’s dipstick. It is usually on the left side of the engine.

Remove the dipstick, give it a wipe with a clean rag of some variety and reinsert the dipstick then bring it back out. 

It is important to check two things here - quality and quantity.

Quantity is the level, which will show on your dipstick. You should have minimum and maximum indicators.

Check quality by rubbing a bit of the oil between your thumb and finger. If it leaves a smudge, then it probably needs changing.

So now you can either top it up or replace the oil.

Losing oil

If you find you’re losing oil quite quickly, or the oil is foamy or milky, then you might have a leak. Get it checked out by a professional.

Now we’ve shown you how to check your car engine oil, if you need any more tips from our ‘Car How To’ series, you can find them by visiting www.swinton.co.uk/car-insurance/guides/swinton-car-tv/

Disclaimer

Our “Car How To” videos bring you handy hints which we hope will save you time and money, but please remember, this video is a general one and may not be suitable for your specific purpose. This video is not intended as a substitute for professional help or guidance, always speak to a trained professional and where applicable, always consult manufacturer’s handbook.

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