Check Your CAR OIL LEVELS it makes sense?
This is one piece of good advice that I failed to carry out myself; I had driven to France on a short trip recently, in my Peugeot Partner Van, when the “Low Oil Level” light came on. Oh I
thought this must be wrong? I am always preaching to other people to check their car oil levels. Sure enough the vans oil level was below the minimum level on the dip-stick and I had two buy a two litre plastic tub of 5w-30 engine oil for diesel driven vehicles.
I also recommend car owners to take a small container of oil with them just in case that it is needed in some remote spot; luckily I was near a supermarket. We usually recommend that you should change your oil about every three thousand miles, but this does not apply to all makes and models of car, just remember it is better to be safe than sorry and a regular oil change is a safe option, especially if you are a high mileage driver and perhaps use your car for your job.
Most good garages now use servicing guides that are computerised; we use a system that tells us all the service intervals, including car oil levels, oil changes and other important things such as the times to change your cars timing belt. We also refer to the owner’s service manuals, which gives us the correct intervals for changing your cars oil.
When Servicing a Car most of our customers that have servicing will leave their car with us for the day and either take public transport back home or to work or we have a small fleet of courtesy cars that are available for their use. If they live in fairly close proximity to the garage then we very often give them a lift, for instance we have a local college nearby and we are always giving the college tutors and even some of the older students a lift to work, whilst they leave their cars for the work to be carried out.
There is doubt that it is also a good idea to learn how to check your own car oil levels in the car’s engine. You should learn to open the bonnet catch, it would surprise you how many of our customers cannot find the catch that will help them open their Old Cars bonnet (hood).
Check your own oil levels with the dip-stick
The second good thing to learn is; which is the “dip-stick” that tells you what your car oil levels is at the time of the checking. Your car manual will show you where it is on your car, but you can also ask your local garage to show you where it is located, I am sure that they will only be too pleased to help.
Once you have located the dip-stick you must take it out and give it a wipe with a clean cloth or tissue paper. Pop the stick back into its housing until you have pushed the stick right in, and then pull it back out slowly, so that you do not smudge the reading. On the stick there are two markings a minimum marking and a maximum marking. This is self-explanatory; just top the car oil levels up until you reach the maximum level. Do not exceed the max level, because this is as bad as having a low oil level. Having too much oil can cause extra pressure inside the engine and cause your engine to be damaged or even explode.
So keep an eye on your oil level and check it at regular intervals. Have your oil changed at regular intervals. When you are checking your own oil levels be careful to check it slowly and carefully and do not overfill the engine with excess oil. Also I would advise the driver to keep a small amount of the exact same oil that the garage filled your car with on a service, this
can then be used for topping up purposes, and most garages keep small containers of oil in stock especially for this purpose. Also make sure that the oil that you are topping up with is the
exact same viscosity as the oil in your engine and it is for either petrol or diesel. And finally always have your Car Oil checked after a long or speedy journey.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Avon Car Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.