Running low on engine oil is a prospect that most car owners face at one time or another, and if it’s not addressed, it can result in long-term engine damage which can be costly to put right.
Engine oil levels vary from vehicle to vehicle and are dependent on the type of engine your car is fitted with. The correct level is determined by your vehicle’s dipstick, which features two marks: minimum and maximum.
It’s recommended you change your car’s engine oil every 12 months or 9,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Nevertheless, it’s wise to make regular checks, if only to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive. In any case, keeping your car’s oil levels correctly topped-up is easy to do.
Before you top up your engine, make sure you have the correct oil (check your user handbook or contact the manufacturer if you’re unsure). Using the wrong oil can cause expensive engine damage.