What blood is to the body, that is oil to your car’s engine! Keeping an eye on your oil levels is a crucial part of owning a vehicle. The only problem is, when our busy lives take over, some of us don’t change the oil until it’s a little too late. If you choose to ignore your engine’s oil, you can be sure to face some expensive car troubles in the future. If you are confused about oil maintenance, specifically when and how to change your oil, then keep on reading!
When to Change your Oil
The obvious answer to this is to check your vehicle manual. Its not safe to make any assumptions. With that being said, most manufacturers advise that you change your oil every 12,000 to 16,000 km. However, new models can last much longer and will tell you when your oil needs to be changed. Just be sure to act quickly.
Check Your Levels
You should check your oil once a month to stay on top of it. Although, some newer cars no longer have traditional dipsticks since they have an electronic oil monitor.
If you do have a dipstick, here’s what you should do:
- Park your car on level ground. (If you’re driveway is sloped, you may not get an accurate read) Careful: If the engine has been running be careful of hotspots under your hood!
- Open the hood and locate the dipstick.
- Pull the dipstick out and using a clean rag, wipe off the dipstick.
- Then put the dipstick back and push it back in fully.
- Pull it back out, and look at both sides of the dipstick to see where the oil appears.
- You will see that the dipstick has marks indicating you oil levels. It might be be two pinholes, the letters L and H (low and high), the words MIN and MAX, or just some lines.
- You’re good if the top of the oil is between the two marks or letters. If your oil is under, you need a top up.
Choosing the Right Oil
Again, the answer is to check your owner’s manual. Every car is different.
If you are driving a Ford, you can check online as well! This will also inform your decision on whether you need synthetic oil or not. Only if your manufacturer calls for synthetic oil, only then you’ll truly need it. If you’re interested, here is a more in-depth guide on how to select which oil you need.
Book A Service
If you need help with proper oil maintenance, your best bet is to book a service with your local Ford dealership. Your Ford service expert will know exactly which oil to use and when you need to return for your next oil change. Schedule your next service OR stop by our Quick Lane. On our homepage, check the Quick Lane wait times in the top right corner before stopping by!