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How to Check Engine Oil Levels

Oil in your vehicle plays a critical role therefore it is important that you know how to check the levels. Honda recommends to check your engine oil level each time the vehicle is refuelled, as recommended in your owners handbook.

Petrol Engine Oil Level Checking

Use this procedure for normal service checking of oil level.

  1. Ensure that the engine has reached normal operating temperature.
  2. Park the vehicle on level ground, switch off the engine and wait for 5 minutes.
  3. Withdraw the dipstick and wipe clean. Insert the dipstick fully.
  4. Withdraw the dipstick and hold horizontally while reading, to ensure that oil does not run up or down the dipstick.
  5. The oil level should be between the maximum and minimum marks on the dipstick.

If the oil level is below the recommended level, add more oil of the same type and brand to bring the oil level up to a maximum of 1 litre. It is very important to adhere to the maximum levels as engine oil overfilling can result in serious engine damage.

Diesel Engine Oil Level Checking

When checking the oil level on the diesel vehicles such as the Accord, CR-V and Civic, please follow the procedure below. Failure to use this procedure can result in an oil level reading that is not correct.

  1. Park the vehicle on level ground, if engine is cold go to step 2, If the engine has reached normal operating temperature switch off the engine and wait for 20 to 25 minutes and then go to step 2.
  2. Withdraw the dipstick and wipe clean. Insert the dipstick fully.
  3. Withdraw the dipstick and hold horizontally while reading, to ensure that oil does not run up or down the dipstick.
  4. The oil level should be between the maximum and minimum marks on the dipstick.

If the oil level is below the recommended level, add more oil of the same type and brand to bring the oil level up to a maximum of 1 litre. It is very important to adhere to the maximum levels as engine oil overfilling can result in serious engine damage.

Oil Consumption

Oil consumption is based on a number of different factors:

  1. How many miles the vehicle has travelled – A new engine consumes more oil as it’s pistons, piston rings and cylinder walls have not become conditioned.
  2. How the vehicle is driven – More oil is consumed by high speed driving at high engine speeds and frequent acceleration and deceleration.
  3. Climatic and road conditions encountered.
  4. Viscosity of the oil.

Typical rate of oil consumption can be up to 1 litre per 600 miles/1000km.

Remember, consumption is likely to be higher when the engine is new.

Oil Viscosity

In response to demands for lower emissions and greater fuel economy, modern engines utilise new materials and surface finishes as well as lower viscosity oils. Modern oils incorporate low viscosity, pure base oils in order to minimise engine friction over the life of the vehicle whilst delivering the capability of extended drain intervals. This, combined with the advanced engineering techniques, means that under certain driving conditions even new engines may consume more oil than normally expected.

Note: Fully synthetic oils are produced primary for high performance for high performance engines. These oils offer increased engine protection, however using this type of oil will not constitute to lower oil consumption

Warranty

Another reason to ensure that you always have the correct amount of oil in your vehicle is to maintain the warranty as if the engine has been damaged due to insufficient engine oil or overfilling the engine oil, repairs to the engine may not be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.