How To Change and Check Oil

Use our short and simple video tutorial and learn how to check oil levels in your car and top them up the clean and easy way!

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How to Check and Refill Oil

Regularly checking engine oil levels is an important part of car maintenance. Without sufficient engine oil, a car will quickly seize up, overheat and even sustain considerable damage.

That’s why we put together this handy video guide to show you the quick and simple process of making an oil check and topping up oil levels!

You can also follow our step-by-step checklist below for a written guide on checking & refilling oil.

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How to Check and Refill Oil

Regularly checking engine oil levels is an important part of car maintenance. Without sufficient engine oil, a car will quickly seize up, overheat and even sustain considerable damage.

That’s why we put together this handy video guide to show you the quick and simple process of making an oil check and topping up oil levels!

You can also follow our step-by-step checklist below for a written guide on checking & refilling oil.

What You'll Need

Before changing your oil make sure you have the following equipment to hand

  • Lint-Free Cloth

     

    You'll need a cloth or rag to wipe off excess oil. Lint-free cloths prevent fluff sticking to your dipstick!
  • Plastic Funnel

     

    Using a plastic funnel will prevent oil spills on your engine, which could start to smoke and burn if left unwiped.
  • Correct Oil

     

    There are various types of engine oil available in stores, check your car's handbook to find the one for you.
  • A Steady Hand

     

    This is a simple part of car maintenance, but requires patience and a steady hand, especially when topping up oil!

How to Check and Refill Oil: Step-by-Step

Follow the instructions below and you should have your oil changed in no time!

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Before we check your oil, it's important to make sure your car is parked on a flat surface and has had the engine switched off for at least 10 minutes. This will give the engine time to cool down, and allow the oil to settle.

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Fist, open and secure your car's bonnet and locate the dipstick. Most cars feature a dipstick with a colourful plastic handle which makes them easy to locate.

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Pull out the dipstick and use your clean cloth to wipe off the film of oil.

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Fully reinsert the dipstick into the pipe, and then remove it once again to check the oil reading. Ideally, the oil levels should be between the 'high' and 'low' marks on the stick.

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If the oil is below the 'low' marker on the dipstick, you'll need to top up oil levels as soon as possible.

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To top up the oil, you'll need to find the oil filler cap, which is also often colourful for easy identification. Remove the cap and insert your plastic funnel if you have one.

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Pour slowly into the opening, this will allow you to stop, allow the and re-check oil levels to prevent overfilling and spillages.

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Be sure to let the fresh oil settle for around 10 minutes before taking a new oil reading. Once oil levels read between the 'high' and 'low' marks, you can replace the oil filler cap and close the bonnet.

How to Check and Refill Oil: Step-by-Step

Follow the instructions below and you should have your oil changed in no time!

  • Before we check your oil, it's important to make sure your car is parked on a flat surface and has had the engine switched off for at least 10 minutes. This will give the engine time to cool down, and allow the oil to settle.
  • Fist, open and secure your car's bonnet and locate the dipstick. Most cars feature a dipstick with a colourful plastic handle which makes them easy to locate.

  • Pull out the dipstick and use your clean cloth to wipe off the film of oil.

  • Fully reinsert the dipstick into the pipe, and then remove it once again to check the oil reading. Ideally, the oil levels should be between the 'high' and 'low' marks on the stick.
  • If the oil is below the 'low' marker on the dipstick, you'll need to top up oil levels as soon as possible.

  • To top up the oil, you'll need to find the oil filler cap, which is also often colourful for easy identification. Remove the cap and insert your plastic funnel if you have one.
  • Pour slowly into the opening, this will allow you to stop, allow the and re-check oil levels to prevent overfilling and spillages.

  • Be sure to let the fresh oil settle for around 10 minutes before taking a new oil reading. Once oil levels read between the 'high' and 'low' marks, you can replace the oil filler cap and close the bonnet.

Congratulations, you just learned how to check and refill oil like a pro! Be sure to share and bookmark our video guide for future reference.

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