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Which Oil Does My Car Need?

It’s vital to check your vehicle’s oil. Here’s why.

Did you know that 1 in 4 cars are low on oil?

We’re all guilty of not checking our oil as often as we should – or leaving it until the warning lights come on, when the oil level is already too low. Correct oil levels lubricate the moving parts of an engine and help to maintain the health of your vehicle.

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Oil helps to increase engine life, aid fuel efficiency and helps you get maximum power and performance from you vehicle.  Oil is the blood of an engine and reduces metal on metal friction to minimise the risk of damage which could be caused by the heat produced by the internal components.

There are many choices of oil available for the modern vehicle, you can be assured that ATS Euromaster has access to the latest oil products.

Our highly qualified technicians will be on hand to give you advice and help you identify the most suitable oil for your vehicle. 

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How to Check Your Oil Level

A quick guide to checking your oil

  • Step 1: Open the bonnet Park your car on a horizontal level – not on a hill. Ensure your engine is cold or not been running for at least 15 minutes. Then, release your bonnet catch and secure the bonnet open.
  • Step 2: Find the dipstick Now take a look round for the top of the dipstick. It’s normally circular and always located next to the engine. Any difficulties please refer to your vehicle’s handbook.
  • Step 3: Check the oil level Take out the dipstick and clean off any oil. Pay particular attention to the area wgere the indicators are marked at the bottom of the dipstick. Once clean, fully reinsert the dipstick into the engine. Then, carefully remove and examine where the oil level appears in relation to maximum and minimum markings (or upper or lower).
  • Step 4: How to top up your oil Remove the oil cap and pour the oil into the reservoir little at a time. Take care not to spill any oil on the engine. Every so often check the oil level with the dipstick and continue to add oil until the higher level is reached. Replace oil cap making sure it’s on tight.

Tip: If overfill the oil, take the car to your local ATS Euromaster centre to remove the excess.

It pays to check your oil, the average bill to repair an engine damaged by lack of oil is a whooping £1,400 as reported by AutoCar.

According to AutoCar, half of all motorists fail to check their car’s oil at the recommended once-monthly intervals and 28% never check the level at all.

Furthermore, Britannia Rescue reported that 68% don’t know how to check their oil. 

Why Should I Change My Oil? 

No matter how well maintained engines are, the system will generate dirt and acids that contaminate the oil which can cause to deposits to form. The oil filter will initially remove any dirt from the oil, however the filter will eventually clog up making the oil cleansing process ineffective.

The dirty oil circulated around the engine system which will be thick and abrasive which could damage the parts. The deposits can also interfere with the function of the internal systems, and could impact the engine’s responsiveness and performance.

Once the oil becomes contaminated with deposits, it will stop lubricating the engine which could cause damage.

ATS Euromaster recommends that engine oil checked once every month. 

What do Oil Numbers Mean? 

Multigrade oils have two numbers on the grade, the oil is able to maintain engine performance in high and low temperatures.  A multigrade oil reduces viscosity differences under temperatures.

The first number on a multigrade oil is normally followed by ‘W’, which stands for winter. This number represented the viscosity under lower temperatures. The lower the first number, the thinner the oil.

The second number which appears after the ‘W’ is the oil viscosity under higher temperatures. The higher the second number, the thicker the lower will remain in hot temperatures.

The correct oil viscosity, or oil thickness can benefit you buy improving energy efficiency, enhancing fuel economy and protecting your engine parts.

Synthetic oils usually have better low and high temperature properties than mineral oils. 

What is Oil Viscosity?

Oil viscosity is the measure of the thickness of the fluid or resistance to flow.

Oil viscosity is an important factor when selecting your oil. The viscosity needs to suit the weather conditions. For example, oil with higher viscosity will take a longer time to move around the engine in the cold, verses oil with a low viscosity flowing through the engine too quickly and not effectively lubricating the engine in warm weather.  

You can optimise oil thickness which will help maximise energy efficiency, enhance fuel economy and protect your engine parts.

To find the right oil viscosity for your engine, check your manufacture’s handbook or visit an ATS Euromaster Service Centre today so our experts can provide you with the best recommendation for your vehicle. 

Shell Oil at ATS Euromaster

There are two types of base oil, mineral and fully synthetic.

Mineral base oils come from crude oil which is processed to remove out fractions with useful lubricant properties and remove unwanted components such as waxes. Shell provide their own top-class mineral base oils by selecting the best crudes and extracting the oil under advanced quality control procedures.

Synthetic base oils offer an enhanced performance in hot and cold weather conditions as they are manufactured using a more expensive chemical process than that used in mineral oil production. Synthetic oils such as Shell Helix are of a higher purity and quality when compared to mineral base oils as they contain less unwanted components.

How to Check Your Oil Level

A quick guide to checking your oil

  • Step 1: Open the bonnet Park your car on a horizontal level – not on a hill. Ensure your engine is cold or not been running for at least 15 minutes. Then, release your bonnet catch and secure the bonnet open.
  • Step 2: Find the dipstick Now take a look round for the top of the dipstick. It’s normally circular and always located next to the engine. Any difficulties please refer to your vehicle’s handbook.
  • Step 3: Check the oil level Take out the dipstick and clean off any oil. Pay particular attention to the area wgere the indicators are marked at the bottom of the dipstick. Once clean, fully reinsert the dipstick into the engine. Then, carefully remove and examine where the oil level appears in relation to maximum and minimum markings (or upper or lower).
  • Step 4: How to top up your oil Remove the oil cap and pour the oil into the reservoir little at a time. Take care not to spill any oil on the engine. Every so often check the oil level with the dipstick and continue to add oil until the higher level is reached. Replace oil cap making sure it’s on tight.

Tip: If overfill the oil, take the car to your local ATS Euromaster centre to remove the excess.

It pays to check your oil, the average bill to repair an engine damaged by lack of oil is a whooping £1,400 as reported by AutoCar.

According to AutoCar, half of all motorists fail to check their car’s oil at the recommended once-monthly intervals and 28% never check the level at all.

Furthermore, Britannia Rescue reported that 68% don’t know how to check their oil. 

Why Should I Change My Oil? 

No matter how well maintained engines are, the system will generate dirt and acids that contaminate the oil which can cause to deposits to form. The oil filter will initially remove any dirt from the oil, however the filter will eventually clog up making the oil cleansing process ineffective.

The dirty oil circulated around the engine system which will be thick and abrasive which could damage the parts. The deposits can also interfere with the function of the internal systems, and could impact the engine’s responsiveness and performance.

Once the oil becomes contaminated with deposits, it will stop lubricating the engine which could cause damage.

ATS Euromaster recommends that engine oil checked once every month. 

What do Oil Numbers Mean? 

Multigrade oils have two numbers on the grade, the oil is able to maintain engine performance in high and low temperatures.  A multigrade oil reduces viscosity differences under temperatures.

The first number on a multigrade oil is normally followed by ‘W’, which stands for winter. This number represented the viscosity under lower temperatures. The lower the first number, the thinner the oil.

The second number which appears after the ‘W’ is the oil viscosity under higher temperatures. The higher the second number, the thicker the lower will remain in hot temperatures.

The correct oil viscosity, or oil thickness can benefit you buy improving energy efficiency, enhancing fuel economy and protecting your engine parts.

Synthetic oils usually have better low and high temperature properties than mineral oils. 

What is Oil Viscosity?

Oil viscosity is the measure of the thickness of the fluid or resistance to flow.

Oil viscosity is an important factor when selecting your oil. The viscosity needs to suit the weather conditions. For example, oil with higher viscosity will take a longer time to move around the engine in the cold, verses oil with a low viscosity flowing through the engine too quickly and not effectively lubricating the engine in warm weather.  

You can optimise oil thickness which will help maximise energy efficiency, enhance fuel economy and protect your engine parts.

To find the right oil viscosity for your engine, check your manufacture’s handbook or visit an ATS Euromaster Service Centre today so our experts can provide you with the best recommendation for your vehicle. 

Shell Oil at ATS Euromaster

There are two types of base oil, mineral and fully synthetic.

Mineral base oils come from crude oil which is processed to remove out fractions with useful lubricant properties and remove unwanted components such as waxes. Shell provide their own top-class mineral base oils by selecting the best crudes and extracting the oil under advanced quality control procedures.

Synthetic base oils offer an enhanced performance in hot and cold weather conditions as they are manufactured using a more expensive chemical process than that used in mineral oil production. Synthetic oils such as Shell Helix are of a higher purity and quality when compared to mineral base oils as they contain less unwanted components.

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