Checking your oil is the single most important thing you can do to extend your car’s engine life. Oil is like the blood of your car, without it you wouldn’t make it three miles. For people like me, oil testing can be a big thing because I wasn’t sure how to do it until I was shown. Here are my tips on how to test your engine oil safely and correctly.
To begin with make sure you park your car on level ground, you know you’ll get an accurate reading on the dip stick that way. The dip stick is the long rod which goes into your engine oil to check the oil level. It’s easy to find and will sometimes have the word OIL written on the cap. Make sure the area is well lit when checking the level so once again you will get an accurate reading.
Pop the hood and find your oil cap, like I said it will usually be at the back of the engine (near your windscreen) next to the coolant and will have the word OIL on it if you’re struggling to find it still. Pull the dip stick out and wipe the end clean with a rag or tissue. Re-insert it into the engine, making sure it’s in properly. Now pull it out but don’t turn it upside down at look at it, because this will make the oil run and give you an incorrect reading. Pull it out straight and look where an oil line is, usually the dip stick will have a minimum and maximum line on it.
If the oil line is between these two lines, the oil level is fine. If it is below the minimum line, don’t worry it can be easily filled up. You’ll need to add a quarter of oil, never add more than a quarter at one time without driving and taking a new reading. Over filling the engine can be quite messy.