Having your oil in perfect condition is absolutely critical for the running of your vehicle. It is often something that is regularly missed when it comes to your car, and people do not realise that without the oil your car won’t run. It is extremely important to check the oil in your vehicle on a regular basis to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive. Here we tell you how you can change car engine oil, and the different warning signs you need to look out for in your oil to know when it needs changing.

Why should I change my car engine oil?

The oil in your car is a vital component to your car if you do not check it on a regular basis then your run the risk of causing significant damage to the internal parts of your vehicle. If you cause any fault or damage to your car engine, then it can cost you a considerable amount of money to have it repaired.

Changing the car oil brings your vehicle a number of benefits, read on to find out more.

Engine Lubrication

If your car is not experiencing an adequate amount of lubrication then the valves, pistons and other parts of your engine are all at risk of overheating, which can cause a significant amount of damage. All of the moving parts of your engine move at a considerably high speed under your vehicle. Therefore it is critical you replace the oil regularly to keep them functioning in the best possible condition.

Cooling

As we previously mentioned, ensuring your car oil is topped up or changed can cool down the components of your vehicle. Without sufficient oil, car parts can overheat very quickly. Ensuring all of these parts are lubricated will simultaneously keep the cooler. By doing so, you also prevent the parts from causing friction which can cause damage to parts that are relatively expensive to replace.

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Removes engine wear particles

When you drive your vehicle over a prolonged period of time dirt particles, tend to build up within your internal components which can cause corrosion, therefore decreasing the life of your engine. If you can do so yourself routine oil and filter changes can dramatically increase the lifespan of your vehicle. It also helps to remove any of these particles and will help to keep your car in prime condition for regular driving.

Mileage

Something that a lot of our customers tend to notice is that their fuel consumption can become increased, this is often down to their oil. If you ensure your car is booking in for regular oil changes, then you can see from 1-2% improvement over time on your fuel consumption. It may seem like a relatively small amount; however, your car will still notice the benefits, and it will only maximise your vehicle’s performance.

Promotes vehicle longevity

If your car is experiencing a build up of dirty oil, it has a negative impact on your vehicles fuel economy and power, all of which make the internal components work much harder. An engine which is having to work so much harder than normal to run is hugely problematic and can result in your car dying a lot sooner than you had hoped. Regular maintenance and care on your vehicle can undoubtedly make your car last significantly longer.

The best ways to check your oil

If you are a new driver or someone who has been driving their own vehicle for a while now it is always essential you know how to check the oil on your vehicle. If you leave your engine oil for too long and allow it to go below the minimum level, your engine is much more at risk of overheating, when the vehicle overheats it can cause the engine to seize up which can be detrimental to the components. Unfortunately, these are not parts that are easily repaired, you will have to spend a considerable amount of money to have this fixed, and in most cases, you are better off buying a whole new vehicle in comparison to fixing it. In a similar way to having to little oil, if you have too much in your car, you can also be open to damage. So, it’s about getting the balance right.

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To check your oil, you will first want to open your car bonnet and locate the dipstick. This is normally easy to find and will have a bit at the top in which you can pull, make sure you give this stick a good wipe with some kitchen towel until all of the oil has been removed. You will then want to reinsert it back into the hole it came from, remove it again and check the level of your oil. It should always be within the maximum and minimum line. If your oil line is between these two markers, then you are fine to leave it, however, if it is below or two high you will need to rectify this.

You must also be aware that your car needs a sufficient amount of oil to pass its MOT in Milton Keynes, without it they cannot test your car’s emissions which will result in an instant fail.

When should I change my oil?

There are a few things you need to look out for when it comes to changing your oil.

Colour

When it comes to checking the colour of your oil, you ideally want it to be a transparent golden or light brown colour as this will indicate the oil is fresh. If your oil is much darker and not transparent, then you will need to make sure you change the oil.

Warning lights

Newer vehicles will indicate your oil is low or needs changing via their warning lights, the majority of newer model vehicles will have monitors or sensors placed within the car that will let you know when you should consider looking at your oil.

However, we would like to mention; older models do not have these functions, so please do not rely on your vehicle telling you when to change your oil.

Consistency

One of the easiest ways to see if your car needs its oil changed is to check the consistency, remove a small amount off the dipstick and rub it between your thumb and forefinger. If the oil has more of a gritty consistency or course texture, suggest it need changing as it is most likely contaminated.

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How to pick the right car engine oil

Changing your car oil will only be effective if you know what oil you should be using for the vehicle. Every vehicle is different, there is no universal oil which can be used, so it is paramount you check your owners manual to see what oil you should be putting in your vehicle. We recommend taking a look at Mobil, as you can pop all of your car details in and it will tell you the correct oil to use on your vehicle.

Changing your car oil yourself

By changing your oil on a regular basis, you could be saving yourself a considerable amount of money. Not only in your service, but your car will run much better and will save you money in repairs and fuel. The first time you go to change your oil may take you a little while as you need to get used to all the parts. We recommend taking a look at a tutorial for more information and guidance.

Booking in for a regular service

While you may now know how to change your car engine oil, we cannot express how important an annual car service in Milton Keynes is. The oil in your vehicle is one of the many parts of your vehicle we check. But by having a regular service, you can ensure your vehicle is always in the best possible condition all year round.

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