Oil provides lubrication and reduces wear on moving parts and also cleans, inhibits corrosion, and cools your engine by carrying heat away from moving parts.
Once it was recommended that you should check your oil each time you fill up your petrol – this is no longer needed- but in modern vehicles the oil level and its condition should still be checked about once a month as part of a proper maintenance schedule.
Checking the Oil yourself is simple :
You should let your car cool down for an hour or so after driving to allow the oil to settle and get a good idea of the real level. Find the oil dipstick for your vehicle(you can check your owner’s manual to find it) Pull the oil dipstick out – ignore the level at this point because it has probably slopped about a bit and won’t show you the actual level in your tank. First wipe the dipstick down, and then replace it back where you took it from. Now when you pull it out you will see the actual oil level.
Now check the level of the oil:
Check the markings on the dip stick which show the appropriate level of oil. If it's too low it needs oil added to top it up. If your oil is often low and needs topping this could point to problemswhich should be addressed by your mechanic and it's advisable to talk to us about this.
Have a look at the colour of your oil:
Clean oil is a clear golden colour – dirty, black or brown oil could be a sign that your oil needs changing. Milky or foamy oil can be a sign of serious problems definitely speak with your car service expert at Chris`s Mechanical if you see this.
Chris`s Mechanical change the oil as part of every full car service and we always follow the recommended service schedule from the vehicles manufacturer.
We always use quality oils, chosen to best suit your vehicle. If you have a specific oil request, we are always happy to discuss your options - please talk to us when you book in your vehicle.
We can perform log book service and more on a wide range of makes and models right here in Hawker - simply call us today and tell us about your car and your last service and we can give you a quote today.
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