Looking After Your Cars Oil
Cars, trucks and automobiles in general are the life blood of today’s society. Without them many of us would be unable to commute to work, do our regular weekly shop or partake in social activities that are not on bus routes.
Looking after your car, the work horse which takes you reliably from A to B without so much as thank you is imperative. This simple guide will list a handful of useful car maintenance tips you might want to take note of.
Have you ever been driving along and the oil warning light has ruined your day? Or even just kept illuminated, while leaving you puzzled as to its meaning? What is this little yellow spanner?
At the end of the day any dashboard illuminated which are not usually there tend to mean something is up. It could be as simple as the sensor is playing up or perhaps there is something much worse on the cards if you do not heed the warning of the illuminated icon.
Sense would suggest one pulls over, calls the breakdown specialist who comes to have a look at the car for you. Quite often though, you might be on route to a meeting, work or something even more important like a Wedding.
Generally speaking and this is not a generic rule so does not work for all automobiles the colour of the lamp indicates the urgency. Urgent is therefore red, important is yellow and so forth.
Without calling out the AA or RAC a few things you could check to see if there is an issue with the oil:
Oil is like blood to our heart but to a cars engine. Oil can be checked easily if you pull over some where safe and on flat ground. Pop the bonnet, find the oil dipstick, remove and wipe any oil from it. Reinsert it then remove it again, to take a reading remember where the oil came up to on the dipstick and ensure that it is between E and F or 0 and 1.
If the reading is very low or there is no reading at all you will need to top up your oil if you have some available. Always ensure you use the right oil for your car, this can be found in your manufacturer’s handbook. Wait for the engine to cool before putting in any oil.
Put only small amounts of oil into the car, over filling is easily done and can cause irreparable damage to your car. When the dipstick registers half way between 0 and 1, this is when to stop. If the reading was ok ensure you take your car along to a garage as soon as possible for servicing of faulty sensors.
Looking out for the warning signs and keeping on top of car maintenance can avoid accidents and costly repair bills later on.
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