Thursday 15 September 2011

How often should I change the oil?

Oil needs to be changed regularly. When oil becomes too old and dirty, you’re no longer getting the full benefit of the additives it contains. The oil becomes less effective at doing the job it’s supposed to do. What’s worse, the increased friction and chemical build-up in used oil can deteriorate your engine’s moving parts.
In order to keep your engine healthy, a good rule of thumb is to change your oil and filter every 6 months or 6,000 miles.
The Good Garage Scheme recommends that you check your oil level with the dipstick at least once a month.
If you are unsure about how to check the oil in your car, follow our five simple steps below:
With your car parked on level ground, warm your engine up to operating temperature, then stop the engine long enough for the oil level to settle.
Lift the bonnet and pull out the dipstick.
 STEP 3:
Wipe the dipstick clean, then replace.
 STEP 4:
Remove dipstick again and read oil level - ideally the level should be between the minimum and maximum markers.
If the oil level is close to or below the minimum marker, then your oil needs topping up.
Please note: Top ups must be with the correct Grade of engine oil for your vehicle

For more information about when to change your oil and what to look for, visit

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