Tips on How to Improve Your Automobile’s Oil
One of the key factors on maintaining your car’s integrity for longer is to better monitor your automobile’s oil levels and to act upon it if necessary.
Many tend to overlook this step and focus mainly on the engine itself, but without the additional systems, such as the oil, the automobile will not be able to function properly and in time it will wear out more easily.
In the following article we desire to present to you a couple of tips regarding how to properly maintain your automobile’s oil levels.
Check Your Engine’s Oil on a Regular Basis
To avoid the possibility of your oil levels decreasing lower than the acceptable levels it is highly recommended that you check the oil levels when you fill your automobile’s tank with fuel.
If you have doubts on how to correctly read your oil levels, follow these simple steps:
· Before you inspect your oil levels drive for about 15 minutes as this will warm up the oil. Then, park your car in a level area and turn off the engine. Wait for 15 minutes for the oil to go back to the oil pan.
· Take out the dipstick and with a piece of paper or a rag wipe it clean. Insert it again carefully, make sure that is completely in and then take it out again and observe the oil levels. The normal oil levels should be at a height between the hash marks.
· If you observe that the oil levels are lower than that, add oil as instructed in the user manual.
Change Your Oil Regularly
We all remember how our dad use to do his car maintenance rounds every two or three weeks, changing the oil, verifying the tyre pressure and so forth. This certainly was not a bad habit, even if most car manufacturers instruct oil changes at large periods of time with frequent changes recommended only in harsh conditions.
Changing the oil on a regular basis will increase the engine’s life as it removes the metal particles and the dirt accumulated, and it is highly recommended if you usually drive in high traffic that requires frequent stop/go manoeuvres.
Many have the tendency to overfill the crankcase of the engine with oil, but this can severely damage your engine. The main reason for this is because when you overfill, oil can enter in the crankshaft and air will enter in the oil, which in turn will decrease the capabilities of the oil pump and increase the stress on the engine. In addition, overfilling can also damage the sparkplugs.
Don’t Forget the Final Clean up
If you decide to go with changing your own oil, you need to also clean the drain plug and the washer. The procedure itself is quite simple. Simply wipe them easily with paper towels or, preferably, with soft rags and then reinstall them. Keep in mind that some manufacturers use magnetized plugs in order to attract metal particles and keep oil clean for longer.
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