When do I add oil to the car?
May 13, 2010 10:24 AM Subscribe
Should I add oil to my car?
posted by tweedle to Travel & Transportation (17 answers total)
The sensor says the oil life has 10% left but it's not a fancy one. It only comes on when there is 10% oil life left. I just got my oil changed 1500 miles ago so I'm thinking the place I got it from last time didn't reset the sensor.
However, I did check the oil using the dipstick in the car... Basically the oil level is only halfway til full.
That's how much oil is in my car.
I'm thinking the sensor in my car isn't smart enough to know that.
Someone told me I have an oil leak once when I got my oil changed, but I have not noticed any oil leaking and no one else besides him has ever said anything and I have gotten it changed since then in a way where they lift up the car and look at it.
However some internet sleuthing has led me to believe that the oil is a closed system and shouldn't be running out at all.
So, should I add oil to my car or is halfway full good enough to drive on and I shouldn't mess with it? I don't really know much about cars. I've read that it's not good to mix brands of oil and I'm not really sure which brand they used the last time I got it changed. Should I just pay the 20 bucks or whatever and get another oil change? Or should I just keep an eye on it and if it gets too low take it in asap?
Is it already too low?
So it probably is leaking. Will this cost a lot, will the problem stay the same or or will it get worse if I don't fix it now?
Thank you for any advice!