How to check and maintain your car’s oil level

Maintaining your car’s oil level is essential to ensuring the condition of your vehicle and your safety while driving writes Geraldine Herbert

Failure to maintain the correct oil level and carry out the necessary oil/filter changes can result in extensive and costly engine damage.

Checking the level of the oil in your engine is a very important safety check that you can do easily yourself. Driving with a level that’s too low or two high is unsafe, so to check it, use a dipstick. Engine oil should be maintained between the maximum mark and minimum oil mark on the oil dipstick. The dipstick is usually found under the hood, if there isn’t one, consult your car’s manual to find out how you can check the oil.

Remember, a yellow-orange oil can light on your dashboard means your oil level is low, while a red oilcan light means your oil pressure is low and you should pull over your car as soon as it is safe to do so.

Don’t wait for the red oil pressure warning light to come on – check the engine oil dipstick level today. The oil level should be checked on a regular basis and especially before setting off on long journeys.

For further details on checks you should do on your car check out the Road Safety Authority’s 12 checks booklet here.


Geraldine Herbert

24th September 2020

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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