Don’t Rely On The Oil Pressure Gauge

Typically when you first get your drivers license you are not very interested in how the car works. It’s more fun to use your new found freedom to get around independently will stop however there comes a time when everyone needs to learn some simple mechanic so that they can take care of their car adequately and prevent expensive and sometimes even fatal damage from occurring.

Checking the level of motor oil is one of the critical tasks that must be performed every few weeks. Without an adequate supply of motor oil to lubricate clean and cool the engine big trouble is in store. When the level of oil drops (and it will of its own accord naturally over time) than the oil pressure is reduced. Reduced oil pressure means de engine does not get lubricated. It is not enough to rely on the low oil pressure gauge warning on your dashboard to tell you that there is a problem. Sometimes this can come on too late and sometimes you might have a faulty gauge that does not warn you at all.

Making sure the level of motor oil is correct is the only safe way to be sure he will not run out of oil at a critical time. The dipstick is used to check the level of oil. This is a flexible rod that extends into the oil pan and can be used to see the level of oil and the the manufacturer’s recommended limits. The main and max levels are etched on the dipstick at the bottom.

If you are constantly tapping up the level of oil you could have an oil leak. Leaks can be internal as well as external. One symptom of an internal oil leak is blue smoke coming from the exorcist. This indicates a problem with the head gasket leaking oil into the combustion chamber.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *