Holding Icon Check And Top-up Your Oil Level

Keeping your engine oil level topped means it will last longer and run better! It's good to check it out at least once a week. Follow these tips for a thorough check-up.

Items needed: Clean rag, Bottle of engine oil (of correct type), Funnel

Check And Top-up Your Oil Level

Step 1 - Switch Off Engine

Your car should be parked on level ground. Turn the engine off and wait five minutes before you begin.

Step 2 - Locate Dipstick

Open your bonnet and look for the dipstick - this should be brightly coloured and easy to find! When you spot it, pull it out of its tube.

Step 3 - Clean Dipstick

Use your cloth to wipe the oil off the dipstick. Make sure you keep an eye out for the oil level marks of the end of it.

Step 4 - Check Oil Level

Check your motor oil level by slowly pushing the dipstick into its tube, then pulling it out again. It should be between the upper and lower marks - if it is closer to the latter, it's time to fill up!

Step 5 - Top Up Oil

If you need to change it, put it back into its tube and remove the oil filler cap - check your car handbook (or Haynes manual) if you're not sure which one it is. Pour some oil in, using a funnel if you need, and give it time to drain into the engine, then re-check the level. Overfilling it can cause leaks, so take your time.