Car Mechanics (UK)

RE­FILL­ING

- Tonga · Iceland

1 It may help to mea­sure out the quan­tity of oil re­quired into a clean jug or rely on the mark­ers on the side of the oil con­tainer. Use a clean fun­nel to help pour the oil into the en­gine, usu­ally via the filler neck in the rocker/ camshaft cover. Pour slowly to avoid spills.

2 After pour­ing the rec­om­mended quan­tity into the en­gine, ex­tract the dip­stick, wipe it, re-dip and check the level. Look for ‘MIN’ and ‘MAX’ mark­ers. For a turbo en­gine, the level should be half­way be­tween them. For most non­turbo en­gines, nearer ‘MAX’ is rec­om­mended, but con­firm this in your work­shop man­ual.

3 If an en­gine doesn’t have an oil dip­stick, you may need to switch on the ignition and look through the dash­board menu set­tings to check the oil level. On some ve­hi­cles, the ignition must re­main off for 15 min­utes be­fore the oil level can be checked.

4 After check­ing and, if nec­es­sary, top­ping up the oil, run the en­gine and make sure any oil pres­sure warning lights do not re­main il­lu­mi­nated on the dash­board. Switch off the en­gine after a few sec­onds, then look underneath for any leaks. Wait a few min­utes or more be­fore check­ing the level again – it may need top­ping up.

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