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When should you check the engine oil level

Frequently checking a vehicle’s engine oil is a quick and easy job that makes a significant difference to the performance of your car. This is because engine oil lubricates the moving parts and protects them against friction. And, since the engine has to work hard - not least during colder months - it is important to check the level of oil regularly. What’s more, this is especially important if you have a diesel engine because they are more susceptible to wear-and-tear than other engines.

Many experts recommend that engine oil should be checked every week or every 1,500 miles, whichever comes first; however, we understand that such frequency is not always practical. That said, the actual process of checking engine oil takes just a few minutes and will provide you peace of mind when setting out on longer journeys.

How to check your engine oil level

First, you should ensure that your vehicle is turned off, had ample time to cool down, and is parked in a safe and level location. This is to ensure that you’re able to obtain an accurate reading of your engine oil. Next, open the bonnet and locate the engine oil dipstick. Clean off the oil dipstick by wiping it with a paper towel before replacing it and removing from the engine block once more and checking your fluid levels.

Your engine oil dipstick should feature two lines - one to indicate the minimum level and one indicating the maximum level. The oil should ideally sit between these two lines and topping up the oil level should be an immediate priority should the level be too low.

At Gates Ford, we can help conduct an oil check on your vehicle today and provide you with a top up of any fluids you require. Simply liaise with a member of the aftersales team to learn more.