How to check engine oil
Most people ignore checking engine oil. It’s not such a difficult procedure, but if it’s not done properly, it can cause major damage, that’s why you have to check motor oil before any long trip. In case that your vehicle is used for work, we suggest that you check the oil level daily.
Checking car oil is easy.
We recommend that you check the oil level in the morning when the engine is still cold and most of the oil is into the engine’s oil pan. The oil pan forms the bottom of your engine and it is the reservoir for the engine oil. For the check, you will need a clean cloth or paper towel, a can of oil and a funnel. We also suggest that you wear disposable gloves. Use only the recommended oil for your engine. Find the right QUARTZ engine oil for your engine at http://www.total.gr/el/automotive-lubricants/discover-our-products-el/products-cars-el/total-quartz.html
How to check your car oil:
- Step 1: Park your car on a flat surface and turn the engine off. Make sure the engine is cool.
- Step 2: Lift the hood and secure it.
- Step 3: Locate the dipstick: it’s usually a color that stands out (often yellow, red or white). If you can’t find it, check the owners’ manual.
- Step 4: Check the engine oil with a towel, take the dipstick out, wipe it clean and check the high and the low marks at the edge of the dipstick.
How to check motor oil level: Reinsert the dipstick, take it out and check the oil. If your engine oil level is below the low mark, you’ll have to refill. Do not fill up over the maximum level.
Even if your oil is black, it may still deliver the required quality & performance.
How to top up your oil:
- Remove the oil filler cap, which is located on the top of the engine. If you cannot find it, check your owner’s manual.
- Use a clean funnel. If you can’t, just turn the container upside down.
- Pour in the necessary amount and put the cap back on.
- Recheck the level to make sure it is below the maximum level. Remember that overfilling can damage the catalyst. Start with a small amount and then repeat the procedure until the oil reaches the correct level.
Please note that all these are mainly recommendations. You should follow the steps carefully and remember that you are responsible for these actions. So, be sure that you have both necessary equipment and skills. If not, we suggest that you should address to a qualified mechanic so as to implement these operations. We also recommend that you recycle your used oil by taking it to an oil change center or a waste recycling facility. Any type of oil can be reused: car oil, motorbike oil, truck oil, tractor oil, boat oil and others. In recycling, do not mix different products such as brake fluid, coolant and engine oil. Each fluid has to be recycled separately. Even small quantities of coolant or brake fluid in used engine oil could disrupt or halt the recycling process.