“DIPSTICKS. NO, NOT YOU!! THE THINGS YOU USE TO CHECK YOUR CAR’S OIL LEVEL. VITAL BUT THEY’RE ALSO, MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, A BLOODY RIGHT PAIN IN THE ARSE TO USE!”
Now, it’s good practice to check your car’s oil every couple of weeks, but let’s be honest, we don’t, do we? Nope, it sometimes takes that little red oil can light to illuminate on the dash before we pull the bonnet catch and look for the dipstick. The problem now, though, is the engine’s hot and the dipstick has been precariously placed within touching distance of the exhaust manifold. You’re not only just checking the oil but trying to avoid second-degree burns. Of course, you should wait until the engine has cooled but we are far too impatient for that nonsense.
But it’s only once you’ve checked the level (and dripped oil all over your new kicks), that the real fun begins. Yep, trying to get the bloody thing back in the hidden microscopic hole while the flimsy bit of metal, that has more bends than the Nürburgring, flaps about.
At least topping up the oil is an easy job, well, if you can find a funnel…