Even in 2013 a lapse in engine oil maintenance or waiting until a check engine oil sign is illuminated - may mean motorists are taking a real risk with the health of their vehicle - according to Mobil.
"It takes just a few minutes and can have a major impact on the cost-effective and smooth running of your vehicle, prolonging its life. By the time the warning light is illuminated on the dashboard, it’s possible that lasting damage has already been done to your engine. It’s also vital to have your engine’s lubricant changed in line with manufacturer recommendations,” says Dan McGoldrick, Field Marketing U.K., Nordic and Benelux for ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, makers of Mobil 1.
Engine oil levels usually drop because the fluid is leaking or finding its way into the combustion process. This means the remaining oil in the engine has to work harder, becoming dirtier and has a shorter useful life - resulting in a reduced vehicle performance.
The consequences of running your engine with lower than optimum oil levels can be expensive and dramatic, with increased component wear, increased fuel usage, engine overheating and even total mechanical seizure all possibilities.
How often do you check your engine oil?
1. Park on a level surface, turn off the engine and wait for 3-4 minutes to allow oil to settle.
2. Find the dipstick, pull it out, wipe and re-dip before taking reading.
3. If reading is less than maximum, check the fill guide to find out which oil grade and viscosity is required and 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 cap.
5. Wait 60 seconds to allow oil to drain into your engine, then follow step 2 again. Add more oil if necessary and replace the oil filler cap.