Engine oil is nothing more than a part that is subject to wear and tear. The amount of oil is steadily decreasing. This is due to thermal and mechanical effects. The oil evaporates through heat, decomposes through oxidation or ages through wear of the additives. Filling up engine oil is then a necessary thing.
When should you measure the oil level?
To ensure that the engine is properly lubricated, it is advisable to regularly check the oil level. It is recommended to check every 1,000 kilometers. You must react immediately when your car’s engine light flashes yellow. If the oil level is really too low, add the required amount of engine oil that has already been added. We at Solution Oil do not recommend mixing different oils.
What should I pay attention to when adding engine oil?
Only measure the oil level with a warm engine and operating temperature. Make sure the vehicle is upright and not parked on a slope. It takes approximately five minutes for the measurement to be taken after the engine has been switched off. This allows the still warm oil to settle in the oil sump.
Then open the hood and pull out the dipstick. Usually the dipstick can be recognized by a yellow ring. Wipe the dipstick with a cloth and reinsert it into the engine block. Ideally, the oil level should now be between the two marks. Then the oil level in the engine is optimal. If there is too much oil in the engine, drain it, discard it and check for oil dilution. If there is too little oil in the engine, top up with engine oil.
When topping up, proceed slowly and only add small amounts. Test the level regularly until the desired result is achieved. This prevents the engine from overfilling. If the engine oil level is too high, engine damage can occur. Foaming of the engine oil can occur, which adversely affects the lubrication effect.
Oil dilution – What to do if the oil level is too high?
If you notice an increase in the oil in the engine compartment when measuring the oil level, dilution of the oil may occur. In that case, have an oil sample taken and solve the problem. If the oil level is too high, overpressure can build up in the engine compartment, which in turn can lead to leaks and other engine damage.