Have you just realised that your car’s oil light has turned on? This is a sign that your oil needs to be checked.
All the moving elements in your car’s engine are protected and kept lubricated by the engine oil. Therefore, it’s critical to monitor the oil level but simple to overlook. If you don’t top off your oil, it will eventually run so low that it could cause issues and possibly even cause engine failure.
Checking the Oil in an Car
You don’t have to hold off until your subsequent service. On a few minutes, you can quickly check the engine oil level in your car:
After a drive is an excellent opportunity to check your oil. See what the manufacturer advises for the optimal circumstances to check your oil in your owner’s manual.
Park on a level area.
Before checking your oil, make sure your engine is off and has had at least 10 minutes to cool.
Take a cloth or a scrap of fabric (like an old t-shirt).
Locate the oil dipstick by opening the bonnet. Typically, the handle is yellow.
The dipstick should be fully removed. Remove all of the oil from the dipstick with a rag.
The dipstick should be fully reinserted before being removed.
Check to see that the oil level is between the low and high signs at the end of the dipstick.
Finding the oil dipstick can occasionally be challenging, especially if you don’t know what to look for.
What Happens If the Engine Oil Level Is Low?
The dashboard engine oil light is the first indication that your oil level is too low. Lack of oil causes the oil pressure in the car to diminish, which over time can cause serious engine damage.
If your oil light turns on, check your oil with your dipstick and top it off if the level is below the “low” indicator. Before you start driving again, make sure the level is within the acceptable range. You should consult a mechanic for guidance if you experience issues, such as engine overheating, or if you hear anything out of the ordinary, such as clunking noises.