If the oil in your Toyota runs low it could damage the engine and leave you with a big repair bill. That’s easy to avoid if you make checking the oil level a regular part of your car maintenance routine.
This ‘weekend workshop’ will show you how to check your Toyota’s oil and top it up if you need to.
Park your car on level ground. Open the bonnet and find the dipstick. It’s usually brightly coloured to make it easy to spot.
Pull the dipstick out and wipe it with a clean rag. Find the minimum and maximum marks. Then replace the dipstick and pull it out again. The oil should come somewhere between the two markers. If it falls below the minimum level you need to add some more oil.
It’s very important you use the correct grade. Take a look in your Toyota’s handbook to check, or contact your local Toyota dealer if you are in any doubt.
Find the filler cap. It should be clearly marked, but refer to your handbook if unsure. Unscrew it so you can pour in the oil. Use a funnel to prevent any spillage. Add just a little, then check the level again with the dipstick. Repeat until the oil level is at the maximum marker.
Wipe away any spillage, replace the filler cap, and close the bonnet. That’s all there is to it.