Tip of the week
Modern cars increasingly have selfdiagnostic systems that alert motorists to incorrect engine oil levels, but the most common method of checking the engine oil is still to use the dipstick.
Consult your vehicle’s owner manual to determine how the oil should be checked, for example, when warm or cold.
Ensure the vehicle is parked on a flat surface, withdraw the dipstick and clean it. Reinsert it and withdraw once again – the oil level should be between the upper and lower marks. If it is too low, add oil immediately to prevent serious engine damage caused by oil starvation.
In the rare case of the engine oil being overfilled, some of the excess should be drained off to prevent excessive oil consumption, smoking and possible damage to the engine and catalytic converter.
Consult a mechanic if you are uncertain how to do this yourself.