Aftersales Q&A - Car Service

How much oil does my car take?

Hi, I need to top up my car's oil but I don't know how much to put in.

How do I find out how much oil my car takes?


Answer from the Stoneacre aftersales team:

Hi Jay,

Generally, the bigger the engine the more oil it requires. For instance, it will take much less oil to fill a 1.0l engine than a 3.0l V6.

If you want to check the oil level in your car you should follow these steps:

1. Open your bonnet and locate the dipstick near your engine. It may have a brightly-coloured T-shaped handle.

2. Pull the dipstick out and wipe it clean. Replace it until it clicks.

3. Take it out again and you should see oil on it. You should also see two marks on the dipstick. Your oil level should ideally sit between those two marks.

4. If it does, you have enough oil and can continue driving.

5. If your oil falls below the minimum level mark, you should top it up using the correct oil for your car. You'll be able to find this information in your owner's manual.

6. Check the level again. If the oil level sits between the two marks on the dipstick you're good to go.

If you cover a lot of miles, or would like us to change your oil, replace your oil filter and check other vital areas of your car, book an interim service at your local Stoneacre.

If you're unsure about anything and would like some advice, speak with one of our friendly team on 01405 744192 and they'll be more than happy to help.