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
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
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
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
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
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.