How Often Should You Be Checking Your Oil?


With older vehicles it has always been recommended to check the oil levels every week, but with modern-day sensors installed in all newer vehicles, things are just a bit different. Oil sensors in newer car models notify you when the oil level is low, however it is still recommended to check the oil once every few weeks or after every 1,000 miles driven and also before departing on a long journey. Even newer vehicles need topping up now and again.

Checking the oil level is not usually difficult, but here are a few tips to keep in mind:

• If you have just been running the car, allow it to cool before checking the oil level.

• Always pull the dip stick out, wipe it clean, then reinsert and pull out again to get an accurate reading.

• If low, top it up with a high-quality engine oil that is compatible with your vehicle.

• If you are having to fill your oil up often, this could indicate a leak and the vehicle should be inspected by a professional mechanic.

• Ensure that you get your oil changed every 3,000-5,000 miles or every six months.