In order for your car's engine to function properly, or indeed at all, it is vital it has the correct and clean oil. Engine oil acts as a cushion between moving parts, reducing friction and preventing wear and tear. The oil also picks up damaging metallic debris which is sieved out through the oil filter. Oil also helps to transfer excess heat from the engine into the air.
Your engine over time will consume a certain amount of oil, as the engine oil deteriorates under the engine's extreme temperature. Therefore, it is important that your engine oil level is regularly checked.
Checking and topping up your engine oil is a simple job, but care must be taken as too much oil can be as bad for your engine as too little; and could even result in damage to the catalytic converter.
With your car parked on level ground, warm up the engine to operating temperature, then stop the engine for at least five minutes. Then lift the bonnet and pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, and then replace the dipstick into the engine.
Remove the dipstick again and read the oil level - ideally the level should be between the minimum and maximum markers.
If the oil level is close to or below the minimum marker then your oil needs topping up. Always top up with the correct grade of engine oil for your vehicle. Pour the new oil in a little at a time, allowing a few minutes for it to settle before checking the oil level again. Never pour a whole bottle of oil into your engine before checking.
The recommended type of oil for your car can be found in your Vauxhall Owner's manual/Service Booklet. Vauxhall approved oils offer complete protection from the moment the engine is started. They are designed to give smooth performance, low emissions and improved fuel economy - all geared to maximising your engine's life. Use of inferior specification oil may have a detrimental effect on engine life and performance.
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