How to check your oil
Car maintenance - not my bag. I'm good at many things but making machines go is not one of them.
So, I recently spent a sunny afternoon learning how to check and fill up my car's fluids. Because I'm a loser like that and had nothing better to do on a Saturday. You're WELCOME.
A stress-free guide to topping up your oil
Here's the steps:
Just before you start, check your car’s owner’s manual for the kind of oil you need for your car - then buy it and cry at the price.
- Make sure your engine's cold and you're parked on level ground. Find your dipstick - that's where you check the level
- Pull out the dipstick and wipe the end with a cloth, then put it back in
- Pull it out again and look at where the oil mark comes up to between the MIN and MAX
- If it's looking low, find your oil cap (it'll have a can on it) and unscrew it
- Pour in some oil but don't go mad - overfilling is a bad idea and you can always check your oil level again if you want to go gradually. Don’t forget to screw the cap back on and wipe up any spills.