Your engine oil is crucial to ensure that your car is running as efficiently as possible. This oil needs changing regularly because as it gets older it becomes less effective in keeping the components of your car moving.
How To Check Your Engine Oil
It is easy to check your oil level yourself, open up the bonnet of your car and locate the dipstick. Remove the dipstick fully and wipe clean. Put the dipstick back into the engine and then remove. Your dipstick will be marked with minimum and maximum oil levels. You should make sure that your oil levels sit somewhere between these levels.
Whilst checking your oil levels, you should also check the colour and consistency of your oil. Fresh oil will be a transparent light brown colour whereas older oil will start to turn black. In terms of consistency, the oil should feel smooth not gritty.
If you’ve driven a lot of miles since your last oil change, you might be due an oil change. How often you should change your engine oil depends on your car make and model. You can find the recommended oil change intervals in your owner’s handbook.
Another indication that you may need an oil change is that your dashboard oil replacement light is on. Many modern cars come with a dashboard warning light signifying that an oil replacement is needed. This light will illuminate once you have reached your manufacturer’s recommended oil change interval. Once your oil change is complete, this service light will be reset once your oil change has been completed.
If you can hear excessive levels of engine noise, this too could mean that you need an oil change. This noise might be the components of your engine grinding against each other as the oil is not lubricating the system as well as it should. Therefore, you should get your engine checked out and the oil replaced.
The final sign that you might need an oil change is that your oil level keeps dropping below the minimum indicator on your dipstick. As the engine oil is less lubricating than it should be, the system needs to use more oil to keep your car running smoothly. The other alternative is that there is a leak in your system. Either way, you should have your vehicle checked by a professional to ensure that it is functioning safely and efficiently.
Oil Change At Tyre Pros
A full oil change and filter replacement is included in both our interim and annual service packages. We will drain and dispose of your old engine oil and replace this with premium grade oils that are ideally suited to your engine. If you are looking for an engine oil change between services our team is here to help. Simply contact your nearest Tyre Pros centre to arrange a suitable time to bring your car in for an oil change.
Talk To The Tyre Pros
“Getting your oil changed is a task that many drivers put off doing. We recommend checking your oil to make sure your engine is functioning as it should.”