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Engine Oil Top Ups

Modern engines naturally consume oil. The rate at which they can be expected to consume oil can be found in the owners handbook, but the figure can range from 1 litre per 1,500km to 1 litre every 5,000km.

Due to this natural oil usage, it is very important to regularly check your engine oil level. To get an accurate reading, this should be done on level ground with the engine off and after it has had time to settle. If the engine oil level is allowed to go too low, serious engine damage can occur.

Topping Up The Engine Oil

It is very important to top up the engine oil with the correct quantity and type of oil. The oil must be rated for the type of engine in the vehicle.

Engine oil criteria can include:

  • Oil Type - Oil can be either Mineral, Part Synthetic or Fully Synthetic. Synthetic oils are man-made lubricants that usually offer superior performance and protection over mineral oils.
  • Viscosity - Is the resistance to flow of an engine oil. The correct viscosity must be chosen taking into account the vehicle manufacturer recommendations and operating environment.
  • ACEA Specification - Engine oils are given a category by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association. It is important to choose an oil with the correct ACEA oil category as this will ensure the oil you chosen is compatible with the engine and its ancillary equipment such as Diesel Particulate Filters and Catalysts.
  • Low SAPS - Sulfated Ash, Particulate and Sulphur can be produced as oil is naturally burned in the combustion process. Low SAPSA rated oils must be used in modern diesel vehicles fitted with Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF). Not choosing a low SAPS oil can eventually block your DPF.
  • Manufacturer Approval - Most manufacturers will set their own specification which might have stricter criteria than those mentioned earlier in this list. This specification can be found in the vehicles owners manual. An example of this is the Peugeot/Citroën engine oil specification PSA B71 2290 which has additional criteria for: Low-Speed Pre-Ignition protection, additional seal test requirements, oxidation requirements and aged oil protection.

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If you are unsure what engine oil you require or need us to top it up for you, call into us today and we can top up your engine oil for you.