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6 Easy Steps To Check Your Car’s Engine Oil

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.

Ways You Are Probably Hurting Your Car

February 5, 2018 / Blog, Car Tips
Ways You Are Probably Hurting Your Car

Owning a car is great. Owning one in a great condition is even super cool. But owning a car and keeping it in a great working condition doesn’t come by chance.

Car maintenance is not something that should be left to car mechanics alone. However, a lot of people do not worry about the health of their car until something goes wrong. They seldom clean it and give little thought to their vehicles, as long as it gets them where they are going. These set of people, we must say, are hurting their cars.

The following are ways people hurt their cars. How guilty are you?

Using the wrong oil or stretching the time of oil change

Ways You Are Probably Hurting Your Car

Oil is the blood of the car engine. There are different kinds of engine oil, just like there are different car engines too. Each car engine is designed for a specific oil thickness. The thickness of the engine oil affects how the oil does its job on the car. It is therefore important to adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendation when it comes to the engine oil you use for your car. Using the wrong engine oil for your vehicle is the beginning of problems for your car. Also, allowing your engine oil drop to a really low level can spell trouble. If you do not check and change your oil regularly, your engine will not be getting as much lubrication as it needs.

Read also: Treating Your Car Like A Baby Can Increase Its Lifespan!

 Ignoring the signal lights on the dashboard

The light signals that come on on the dashboard are not just there as part of the beautiful aesthetics of the car. They are actually warning signals that show the state of your car, serving to let you know the immediate actions you need to take. Ironically, some drivers do not even know the meaning of some of these signals. As long as the car has not stopped moving, they assume there is no problem. How wrong they are! Those signals are there to let you know of an issue with the car, which should be checked or fixed, as the case may be. Never wish these signals away, as they can lead to bigger and costlier issues.

Driving on an empty fuel tank

Ways You Are Probably Hurting Your Car

How many of you are guilty of this? Majority of drivers only fill up their fuel tank when the warning light comes on. Running on an empty or nearly empty tank is setting the car up for major problems in the near future. The fuel tank helps to cool down the fuel pump and the engine of a vehicle. So, not only are you at the risk of getting stranded in the middle of the road, you are putting your car in danger. Trying to save money on gas this way is not such a smart idea. As soon as your car hits the ¼ mark, refuel it immediately.

Not slowing down for bumps or potholes

Ways You Are Probably Hurting Your Car

Your shock absorber, wheel alignment, and suspension are at a risk every time you do not slow down for speed bumps or potholes. If you start to feel the steering wheel of your car vibrate when you are driving, then chances are you have been exposing your vehicle to bumps and potholes, and your wheel alignment needs to be fixed. Usually, you will end up spending quite some money to fix this.

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Ignoring the strange noises

Quite guilty of this, right? Of course, everyone knows how their car sounds. Like a dog picking up on strange noises, that’s how quickly we can pick up a strange noise coming out of a car. The “strange” noise could be coming from the bonnet of the car or from the back tire. Wherever the noise is coming from, do not ignore just because the car still moves. A knocking sound in the engine or a squeaking brake is usually never good. Ignoring these signs could cost you a large sum for repairs or, in extreme cases, lead to a fatal accident.

In all, realizing that you are causing harm to your vehicle is the first step to protecting your car and yourself from harm.

How To Manage Your Car During And After A Flood

August 1, 2017 / Blog, Car Tips
Car tips during the rainy season

The rainy season is often associated with flooded roads. Then, there’s also the car damaging potholes and manholes filled with water that could result in serious harm if not properly managed. It is often advised that motorists apply serious caution when conversing through highways during the rainy season to reduce the event of an accident. But, what do you do when you have to drive through flooded streets?

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