Car maintenance matters, topping up your engine oil when it is required is really important for your car.
If dipstick tells you that your oil level is low, you should top up your engine oil as soon as possible.
The first step in doing this is to make sure you add the right oil. Your car's user manual can help with this, or you can also use our quick and easy Oil Finder tool.
Once you have your oil, make sure your car is again parked on level ground. Your engine should be cool, and you should wait at least 20 minutes to give the oil time to drain fully back into the sump.
1. Check the oil level again to see how much oil is required
2. Unscrew and remove the oil filler cap
Car engine oil filler cap
3. You should then add a small amount of fresh oil, ideally using a long-neck funnel, and then wait a minute or two for it to arrive in the sump
4. Check the level again using the dipstick, and keep adding oil in small amounts until you are happy with the level.
Bear in mind that over-filling is as bad for your engine as under-filling; so don't treat the high level mark as a target. It's best to aim for a little below this line.
Your engine doesn't simply need the right specification of engine oil, it also needs to have the right amount at all times. So don't wait for a dashboard warning light before you pop the bonnet; it's a good idea to check your engine oil at the dipstick at least once a week, and always before a road trip.
Running with a low oil level is incredibly bad for your engine, so it's important to check your engine oil regularly. Don't rely on dashboard warning lights alone; checking engine oil at the dipstick is a simple but important car maintenance task that absolutely everyone can do at home.
Why choose full synthetic engine oil? Even if your warranty doesn't depend on you choosing synthetic engine oil, it's still the strongest and best choice for every engine. As long as you choose the right grade and specification of synthetic oil, it is guaranteed to exceed the manufacturer's requirements and give your engine the best possible protection.
While oil is a natural resource, it occurs deep in the ground where it can't damage plant and animal life. It's vitally important that any used engine oil from home car maintenance makes it to a recycling centre, as this ensures that it won't leak into the ground, potentially causing hazards to wildlife and water resources.