With any vehicle, it’s important that you’re able to conduct a few simple health checks to ensure that you’re always running at optimum levels and are safe out on the road. And, while you should not expect to be an expert in vehicle maintenance or repairs, it certainly pays to know some of the basics that can be checked quickly and with a minimum of fuss. Among those that are easy to manage and maintain are checking and topping up your oil levels.
Engine oil is one of the most important elements of any vehicle, helping ensure that all internal parts and components are operating effectively. Insufficient levels of engine oil can thus lead to substantial damage and costly repairs, so making sure that you’re always operating with the necessary levels of oil is vital. Monitoring and changing your oil is therefore a task that should be conducted frequently, with most manufacturers recommending oil changes every 12 months.
In many instances, you will be alerted to any issues with your engine oil via the dashboard warning lights that monitor oil levels automatically. However, the process of manual checking is important too, and one that takes just a few minutes to complete. Follow these simple steps: