#AutofactorCarTips: How to check your engine oil level, and purchase the right engine oil for your vehicle

How to check your car’s oil level
Engine oil is very much the lifeblood of the car’s engine. Oil keeps the engine lubricated and cool, it also cleans out any impurities and contaminants and guards against rust appearing on the engine’s internal surfaces.

The engine oil should be checked at least every week. To do this a clean rag, bottle of engine oil suitable for the car and a funnel should be to hand.

It is best to check the oil level when the engine is cool; the engine should have been switched off for at least ten minutes.

Look under the bonnet and find the dipstick, which will be fitted in a tube located on the side of the engine block. The dipstick should be pulled out and any oil wiped off with the rag. To check the oil level the dipstick is reinserted in the tube and then pulled out again. There will be two marks towards its end indicating the upper and lower levels of oil. If the oil appearing on the dipstick is towards the lower level then it is time to top it up.

The oil cap, which is to be found on top of the engine, should be removed and the oil poured in using the funnel. It is important not to overfill, so pour in just a little at a time and then recheck the level with the dipstick.

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