May 8, 2018
Blog, Car Tips
Ask any of our experts and they will tell you the most underrated practice Nigerian car owners carry out is checking of car oil. It is often overlooked or forgotten by motorists. Needless to say that neglecting to check for your car’s oil status and level can damage the engine of your car.
Think of your car as a human body that needs food, oil, water, and whatnot. The car doesn’t just run on fuel but other things that ensure it’s smooth operation and oil is one of them.
From servicing thousands of cars and speaking with thousands of customers we have realized that one of the hardest parts of checking your oil is not only knowing how to but also remembering to do it. While you might be able to get away with not checking for a couple of months, a good rule of thumb is to perform this task once a month.
To make it easier to remember, we recommend picking a certain date, such as the 15th of each month, and make that your regular “Check my car oil” day.
And if you don’t know how to check your oil level we’ve got you. Simply follow the step on this we will be listing.
1. Park your car on a flat leveled ground.
If it’s on a slope, the readings won’t be reliable. If you need to move the car to a better location, wait 10 mins before reading the oil level so that all the oil in the engine has a chance to sink back down to its reservoir.
2. Open your car’s bonnet
This is usually done by pulling a lever located in the driver’s footwell. If you can’t find it, check your car’s manual, which should explain whereabouts the bonnet release is for your particular model.
3. Prop your bonnet
This is usually done by pulling a lever located in the driver’s footwell. If you can’t find it, check your car’s manual, which should explain whereabouts the bonnet release is for your particular model. Don’t forget, you’ll also need to disengage the safety latch – once you’ve pulled the lever inside the car, feel under the leading edge of the bonnet for a plastic or metal lever, which should move upward or to the side, allowing you to fully release and open the bonnet.
4. Find the dipstick
The dipstick generally has a brightly colored handle, usually orange, and have the word OIL labeled on them.
5. Pull the dipstick out and wipe it down
Make sure to wipe it down with a towel or rag, and then replace it into the engine, making sure that it goes all the way in.
6. Now, pull the dipstick back out
Be sure NOT to turn the stick upside down to read as the oil will run and you will not have an accurate reading. The dipstick will have two marks on the bottom (usually lines or holes in the stick), and you can read the oil level by looking to see where the oily section and dry section meet. If you find this mark between the two then you are all set!
If it is below the bottom mark that means that you need to fill the oil. When you do this, be sure to never fill it more than a liter at a time without checking the level again, as you do not want to overfill the engine. Most manufacturers consider normal oil consumption to be 1 liter per 1,600 kilometers if you find you are using much more than this you might want to schedule a service appointment
. Our certified experts will check to see if a little preventative maintenance can save you from having any major issues down the road.