Oil is an important component of your car and is vital to ensure it runs well. During an annual service the oil level on your car will be checked and topped up if needed. However we think it is also important to know how to do this yourself so you can check if needed. Here is a quick and easy guide for you. Familiarise yourself with what’s under the bonnet of your car before carrying out any checks. It is important to know how to check your oil, and other fluid levels on a fairly regular basis so your car can keep running smoothly.
Let your engine cool
Before opening the bonnet and checking the oil level make sure you turn off the engine and leave your car for around 10 minutes to cool down. You’ll be able to get a more accurate reading when the engine is cool.
Find the oil dipstick
The dipstick you ask? You should be able to identify it by a little brightly coloured loop you can pull, as demonstrated in the image below! Pull the dipstick out and clean it with a cloth, keeping an eye out for the markers which you’ll use to check the oil level.
Check the oil level
Once the dipstick is clean slowly place it back into the oil, you can then pull it back out and check the oil level. It should sit between the upper and lower markers on the dipstick. If the oil level is towards the lower mark then it’s time to top up, make sure you check the oil level again after filling to make sure the level is correct, and don’t over fill as this can cause leaks and damage to the engine…it also won’t smell too great either! If you aren’t sure how to check your oil or you’re concerned something isn’t quite right when you check it then you can give us a call and we can book it in for a service. You can also book your car in online if it’s easier for you!
When Do I Change the Engine Oil?
Over time, even if your car is not covering many miles per year, the engine oil begins to degrade and loses its effectiveness to provide protection to the engine and its moving parts. The oil becomes contaminated by water in very small amounts from repeated engine heating and cooling, from dust and dirt entering the engine through the air intake system and also from minute particles of un-burnt fuel. Though the oil filter is designed to trap these contaminates the oil itself begins to break down to a point where it can no longer perform to optimum capability and at this point will need to be replaced, along with the oil filter. For this reason, Vauxhall strongly recommends that the engine oil & filter is replaced either after so many miles, or annually, whichever comes first. You can contact your nearest Drive Vauxhall dealer to find out more information or book your vehicle in for a service.
Vauxhall Recommended Engine Oil
Vauxhall officially recommend Mobil™ engine oil for all models of Vauxhall cars and vans, some of which are suitable for petrol engines and others more suitable for diesel & Vauxhall TDI diesel engines. Mobil 1™ ESP 0W-40 is a fully synthetic oil approved by Vauxhall for both petrol or diesel powered vehicles and this, or an approved alternative, is readily available at all Drive Vauxhall Parts Departments.