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Why is it important to check oil levels in my car? 

Most people fail to do even the most basis checks on their car and often find that they don’t even have water in their washers when they need to clean their screen!

You should get into a routine of checking various things, and yes women can do these too, so that you are not faced with problems arising from say for example running a car without water or not enough or too much oil.

Oil acts as a lubricant in the engine of a car. Having the correct amount of oil is important for having a car run at its best. If the oil is too low, there will not be enough lubricant and an engine can burn out quickly. Too much oil can have a similar effect, as the overflow of oil will be whipped into foam by the crankshaft and leak into other parts of the engine, and it can also lead to low oil pressure. Both outcomes can result in major and expensive repairs being necessary for the car. There are a few good ways to double check that the proper amount of oil is in the car

Warm the engine by driving the car a few miles. Proper engine warmth is important to accurately read the amount of oil, as oil expands as it warms. If oil is filled in a car that is cool, once it warms the oil will expand and cause overflow. Once the car is warm, using a dipstick is the most common method of checking the amount. Essentially, the dipstick is a metal rod that is dropped into the oil tank and removed. There will be two marks on the dipstick, one for the low level of oil, and one for the high level. It is important to always be between these two lines.

If thick, white smoke comes out the exhaust pipe, this can be an indication that there is too much oil in the engine. Taking the car to the mechanic immediately is important to minimize the likelihood of permanent damage being done to the engine block.

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