You should examine the oil level of your car at least every month to ensure that there is enough oil as well as that it is not contaminated. Oil will reduce your engine’s friction and keep it running really smoothly. As you check the level of your oil, if there are any smells of gasoline or dirt, it should, therefore, be changed immediately.
Many European vehicles do not have a dipstick that is used for measuring the oil level. If you cannot find one for your own vehicle, then check the manual of the owner for the appropriate way to examine your oil.
In order to find out if your vehicle may need oil or not, follow some steps below. Take a careful look at these steps before putting them into real practice.
Step-by-step instruction to change the oil
1. Pull out your dipstick and wipe it using a lint-free, clean rag.
Make sure your engine is a bit cold (or need to be off for ten minutes at least) before you examine your oil. The oil dipstick’s location depends on if your vehicle features any in-line engine or drives used for the rear wheel.
If you own the kind of transverse engine or drive for the front wheel, then your dipstick need be placed near the engine’s front.
2. Insert your stick back to the pipe.
In case your dipstick is being stuck when you get it through, then turn around. The pipe that it will fit into is perhaps curved, and that metal stick will bend in a natural way in the curve’s direction if you place it back when it comes out.
3. Pull your dipstick out once more time and watch the oil on the stick’s end.
Take note of what the height of the film of oil reaches on your dipstick and the oil condition, and change or add the oil if needed.
You do not add oil to the small tube that your dipstick is sitting in; that will just be asking for lots of messy frustration. You should find screw-off caps on the top of your engine are the largest portion. It may have “Oil Cap” label or some similar things or be blank, and it may even show which type of oil user needs to use in their car. Unscrew the cap and change oil if needed.
4. Put your dipstick back to the pipe. Then you are done
Oil may turn black really quickly, yet that does not affect your oil’s quality. Rub a bit between your index finger and thumb, and in case it leaves any dirty smudge, so it probably has to be immediately changed.
If the oil looks rather clean enough yet only reaches the level called “Add” on your dipstick, you have to add more oil. You could buy the oil when filling up your car with gas at the same time at any service station. The other way is that you can look for it at some supply stores that are auto or supermarkets, large drugstores, and discount stores.
Time for changing your oil
First, ensure your car is always parked on the ground and, in most cars, their engine is a bit cold, then you do not put yourself on that hot engine portion. With a few cars, it is recommended that the oil need to be checked right after your engine was warmed up. When your engine is off, open the hood of your car and find your dipstick. Pull your dipstick out of your engine and then wipe oil off at its end. Next, insert your dipstick back to its tube, and then push it back in.
Next step is to make it come out. This time, you look at 2 sides of your dipstick to determine where your oil locates on its end. All dipsticks have some ways of showing the proper level of oil, whether it will be 2 pinholes, two letters H and L (high and low), the words MAX and MIN, or simply a crosshatching area. Look at the manual of the owner if needed. If your oil streak top is between those 2 marks or in the area of crosshatch, this level is OK.
However if the level oil is under the mark of minimum, you have to add more oil.
Additionally, check the color of your oil. If it is black or brown, that is fine. But in case it turns to a milky, light appearance, then this can mean its coolant may be leaking into your engine. Look carefully for metal particles as well, because this may mean there’s an internal damage in your engine. In case you encounter either of those conditions, then bring your car to any mechanic for further diagnosis. If you worry of any coolant leak, then also have your car towed.
If there is not any problem, wipe off your dipstick once more time and insert your dipstick back to its tube, and ensure it is fully seated. Finally, close your car’s hood and you are all done.
In order to make your car and all parts of it last as long as possible, it is wise to check it out frequently either after using the car or even storing it in a long time. By doing it, your car will be well-prepared any time you want to head out to the road. Enjoying the feeling of riding definitely involves this important step so if you are a serious driver or a professional drive then this is a must for you. Will all the info and tips mentioned above, you now know the all about the timing and the way in that you need to add or change the car’s oil. The rest is to put all of them into practice for the first time in order for you to get used to it. Hopefully, this will be helpful for you as a driver.