Basic Car Maintenance

Check your oil, protect your engine

It is of high importance that your engine oil is regularly maintained as oil protects, lubricates, cools and cleans your engine.

Servicing your car will ensure that the oil is properly checked by a specialist and replaced with fresh oil if needed.

However, between servicing, you should regularly check your engine oil to ensure it is maintained at a level in order to help keep your engine running as smoothly as possible.

When and how should I check my oil?

Before checking, the engine should be warm, but allowed to stand for a couple of minutes to give the oil level a chance to settle. Using the dipstick housed in the engine block; firstly remove it and wipe the end clean, then reinsert it into its tube and push it down all the way. Pull the dipstick back out and this time note where the oil is on the end of the stick in accordance with the minimum / maximum level markings. Top up if necessary.

Checking your oil regularly could save you a fortune in the long run.

Find your nearest car servicing centre and book your next car service online with our easy online booking facility or contact your nearest centre to speak to one of our specialist team for advice and current special offers.


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