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Car care tips

Care for your engine first
Our cars and the way we drive them  are changing. Advances in technology and the growth of diesel engines have made our cars more sophisticated, and the ever-increasing speed of life keeps us moving more than ever before. With the greater demand we place on our vehicles, the recommendations of engine manufacturers and OEMs become increasingly important. Despite longer service intervals, we should never forget to check the oil level in our cars.

This means that between visits to the garage, it's more important than ever to check the oil level regularly and top it up when necessary. Most car manufacturers recommend you check your oil every 1,600 km. This is because, as the oil level drops, the remaining oil in your engine has to work harder, becoming dirtier and wearing out faster - with the result that your car's performance may start to suffer.

Not much further down the road, your engine could be in real danger of increased wear, overheating and even total seizure. Some oils thicken or break down when temperatures are too hot or cold. Without adequate lubrication, friction can harm engine parts. To counter this, Mobil™ engineering has produced a range of remarkably stable lubricants that perform in high and low temperatures. When you next visit a Mobil Service Station, remember that regular oil top-ups help prevent engine wear and prolong your engine life.

Top up your oil with Mobil 1™: Why? When? and How?

Why you need to check your oil regularly
Thanks to advancements in engine technology, today’s cars are exceptionally reliable and can go much further between services than earlier models, often thousands of miles further. Of course, that’s good news for you. But it does mean that it’s more important than ever to check your oil level regularly and top it up when necessary. If you don’t, you’re taking real risks with increased engine wear, overheating and even total seizure.

When to check your oil
Ideally, you should check your oil once a week as recommended by most car manufacturers. If the oil level drops from maximum to minimum after less than 1000 miles (1500 km), you should have your engine checked. Oil consumption is different from one car to another and from one driving style to another.

How to check and top up your oil

  1. Park on a level surface, turn off the engine and wait for 3-4 minutes to allow the oil to settle.
  2. Find the dipstick, pull it out, wipe and re-dip before taking your reading.
  3. If it is less than maximum, check the fill guide to find out how much you need to add.
  4. Remove the oil filler cap on top of your engine, add the right amount of oil and replace the oil filler cap after the oil top-up.
  5. Wait 60 seconds to allow the oil to settle into your engine, and then re-dip to check the new level. Add more oil if necessary and replace the oil filler cap.

Find out more from our Why, When, How leaflet or view the FAQs section.