How to Check Your Car’s Engine Oil

A one-minute investment can keep your car healthy and running smoothly

Think of motor oil as the life’s blood of your car’s engine. Checking it on a regular basis is a key part of keeping your engine running well and getting the most miles out of it. The oil lubricates the engine’s internal moving parts, keeping them from wearing too quickly. It also helps keep the engine clean, by preventing dirt buildup, and helps keep it from overheating.

Checking the oil level is a quick, easy job that we recommend you do at every other gas fill-up. All you’ll need is a rag or paper towel, and your car’s owner’s manual if you have questions.

Engine Oil, Check!

First, check the owner’s manual and follow the automaker’s recommendations. Some newer cars have electronic oil monitors and don’t have traditional dipsticks for manual inspection.

If checking the oil yourself, make sure the car is parked on level ground and, with most cars, the engine is cold, so you don’t burn yourself on a hot engine part. (With some cars, the automaker recommends that the oil be checked after the engine has been warmed up.) With the engine off, open the car’s hood and find the dipstick. Pull the dipstick out from the engine and wipe any oil off from its end. Then insert the dipstick back into its tube and push it all the way back in.

Pull it back out, and this time look at both sides of the dipstick to see where the oil is on the end. Every dipstick has some way of indicating the proper oil level, whether it be two pinholes, the letters L and H (low and high), the words MIN and MAX, or simply an area of crosshatching. If the top of the oil “streak” is between the two marks or within the crosshatched area, the level is fine.

But if the oil is below the minimum mark, you need to add oil as described below.

Also, check the oil’s color. It should appear brown or black. But if it has a light, milky appearance, this could mean coolant is leaking into the engine. Look closely for any metal particles, too, as this could mean there is internal engine damage. If you see either of these conditions, get the car to a mechanic for further diagnosis. If you suspect a coolant leak, have the car towed.

If everything’s okay, wipe off the dipstick again and insert it back into its tube, making sure it’s fully seated. Close the hood and you’re done.

How to Add Oil

Use the grade of oil recommended in the owner’s manual. It will usually have a designation such as 0W-20 or 5W-30. You can buy it by the quart at any service station or auto-parts store, as well as in many supermarkets and discount retailers.

To add oil, remove the oil filler cap, usually located on top of the engine. Since over-filling with oil is bad for the engine, you should add oil a little at a time. Start by adding about half a quart. Using a funnel helps avoid spills. Wait a minute or so and check the dipstick again. If the level is still below or near the minimum mark, add the rest of the quart. Unless your engine is leaking or burning oil (or if you haven’t checked it in awhile) you will rarely need to add more than a quart. However, if a second quart is needed, add that in slowly as well, checking as you go.

Screw the oil filler cap back on securely, and you’re done

HAPPY DRIVING!

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Simple tasks that can make your car last longer.

1) Check the Engine Oil
Do it regularly—monthly for a vehicle in good condition; more often if you notice an oil leak or find you need to add oil routinely. The car should be parked on level ground so you can get an accurate dipstick reading. Don’t overfill. And if you do have a leak, find and fix it soon.

2) Check Tire Air Pressure
Once a month and before any extended road trips, use an accurate tire-pressure gauge to check the inflation pressure in each tire, including the spare. Do this when the tires are cold (before the vehicle has been driven or after no more than a couple of miles of driving). Use the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer, not the maximum pressure embossed on the tire’s sidewall. The recommended pressure is usually found on a placard on a front doorjamb, in the glove compartment, or in the owner’s manual. Also be sure to inspect tires for abnormal or uneven wear, cuts, and any sidewall bulges you can see

3) Wash the Car
Try to wash the car every week, if you can. Wash the body and, if necessary, hose out the fender wells and undercarriage to remove dirt and road salt. It’s time to wax the finish when water beads become larger than a

quarter.

4) Other Checks at Each Oil Change
For normal driving, many automakers recommend changing the engine oil and filter every 7,500 miles or six months, whichever comes first. This is sufficient for the majority of motorists. For “severe” driving—with frequent, very cold starts and short trips, dusty conditions, or trailer towing—the change interval should be shortened to every 3,000 miles or three months. (Check your owner’s manual for the specific intervals recommended for your vehicle.) Special engines such as diesels and turbocharged engines may need more-frequent oil changes.

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10 tips to deal with situation when car breakdown on the road

1. Get the vehicle out of the roadway: If a problem arises while driving, turn the car to the side of the road and out of the flow of traffic as soon as it is safe to do so. Take care in getting out of the vehicle – it is best to exit from the side of the car that faces away from traffic, which may be the passenger side door.

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2. Make your car visible: When you have brought the car to a stop out of the way of traffic, indicate that you are stopped by using your emergency flashers. Reflective triangles, road flares, and small orange cones can be used to alert other drivers to your location. If you can safely exit the car, raise the hood and hang something white out the window or tie it to a side view mirror to alert other drivers to proceed around you.

3.Call for help: The next step on the list is to call roadside assistance or the police to alert them to your predicament.

4. Assess the situation: If you know that you can tackle the issue yourself (if your car has run out of petrol, for example, and there’s a service station nearby), go ahead.

5. If your car has a flat tyre, do not change it unless it can be done safely: If the flat is one the side of the car away from traffic and you can address it without putting yourself in danger from other vehicles, then do so. However, safety takes precedence over scheduling or other concerns – it is better to wait for a tow if changing the tyre would put you in harm’s way.

6. Learn how to repair your car: If you can positively identify the problem, know how to address it, and can do so safely, then go ahead.

7. Be careful with strangers: While there are plenty of good-hearted people out there whose only intention is to help, the world also has its share of jerks that will take advantage of another person down on his or her luck.

8. Stay with your vehicle: If you’ve called for roadside assistance, you’ll want to be there when the tow truck arrives.

9. Keep an eye out for uniformed police officers: All highways and major roads are patrolled regularly. It’s only a matter of time before an official comes to your location to provide assistance.

10. Above all, use common sense: No two breakdowns are the same – location, time of day, the problem, and other factors make each incident unique. If you are familiar with the area and can find help within a short walk.

Source: http://newcarsplus.com.au/car-broker-blog/car-maintenance-tips/10-tips-dealing-car-breakdowns.carbroker

Car Care and Teens

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Teens are very excited and crazy about vehicles. They are very fond of new vehicles, new technologies and anything new that is striking to them they are keen interested in knowing them. We are living in the world full of technologies and innovations coming out and we are the generation who are actually using and living in this technological world. When it comes to automobiles, almost daily new feature and new cars are being launched. Teens are ones who are so fond of new stuff and freedom is the word for them to enjoy freedom, they love roaming and hanging out with friends for this they need a car. Now the point comes they need their own car to go for clubbing and outing with friends.

Being a young driver is fascinating to them but not to our parents they always worry about us. Are we safe? Driving properly or not? They lose their sleep and so tensed as we all know car accidents are very common and you never know mistake of someone else making you paying off that. It is very important to drive safely and be alert while driving, as it is not a game. Few things you can keep in mind while handling the cars to teens. Car care and Teen care both are very important.

Make them practice the driving enough so that they never lack confidence while driving, driving is the key not rush hush driving.

• No usage of cell phones while driving, tie down the seat belts and slow down the music.
• Avoid conversation while driving it breaks your concentration and chances of casualty increase up.
• Get your teens trained for bad weather conditions, how to handle the situation without losing patience and handle with care.
• Keep a medical tool kit in the car, in any emergency a primary medical care they can get at least.

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