Car care tips
How to check and top up your oil
- Park on a level surface, turn off the engine and wait for 3-4 minutes to allow the oil to settle.
- Find the dipstick, pull it out, wipe and re-dip before taking your reading.
- If it is less than maximum, check the fill guide to find out how much you need to add.
- Remove the oil filler cap on top of your engine, add the right amount of oil and replace the oil filler cap after the oil top-up.
- Wait 60 seconds to allow the oil to settle into your engine, and then re-dip to check the new level. Add more oil if necessary and replace the oil filler cap.
As a car is driven, the level of contamination in the engine oil constantly increases. The oil filter removes particles as the oil passes through the filter, but over time, oil additives are used up and the oil itself can start to degrade (oxidize or thicken). At that point, the oil can no longer do its job and must be changed. The rate at which contamination and additive depletion occurs depends on many variables. Driving conditions may vary greatly and have a direct effect on the useful life of the oil. Other factors include the precision of ignition, fuel injection or carburetion adjustments, air cleaner service and the general mechanical condition of the engine.
Oil should be changed before the contamination level reaches the point where engine damage can result. Because it is difficult for the individual motorist to determine when the contamination level is too high, automobile manufacturers provide recommended oil change intervals. These change recommendations vary by model year and manufacturer.
Recommended intervals and mileage limits also vary with the type of service under which a car operates. More frequent oil changes are recommended for severe service.
The VI number is typically used only as an indicator. The actual performance results of low-temperature pumpability tests and high-temperature wear tests for engine oils are better predictors of good performance in an engine.
Generally, multigrade oils (0W-40, 10W-30, etc.) will have high viscosity indexes. Monograde oils (SAE 30, 40, etc.) will have lower viscosity indexes.
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