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Oil Top-up?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Clown, 17 Apr 2010.

  1. Clown

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    I apologise in advance for such petty questions but I've never done this stuff before.

    I have a Golf Mk4 2.0 GTI and the oil light came on about 5 miles ago on my way home. Tomorrow morning I'll check the dipstick but assuming I need to top up, does it matter about mixing new stuff with whatever is in there at the moment?

    I've been told that I need to buy semi-synthetic but how much will I need?
    How do I know how much I'm putting in? Do I put some in and check the dipstick every so often?

    Thanks for any advice :)
     
  2. Janesy B

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    Well if your oil light is on you'll need at least 500ml to get it above low on the dipstick. You need to consult your handbook on what oil to use, topping up is fine.

    When was the last time you checked the oil level?
     
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  3. MrMoonX

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    oil light on normally means its well low!, you shouldnt really drive it if you can avoid it!
     
  4. Clown

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    I'll admit I've never checked it since I got it a month ago :(
     
  5. stoke1863

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    so if you only had it for a month i guess its been low for a while.
     
  6. [TW]Fox

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    Surely all your doom mongering depends on whether its an oil LEVEL light which will simply mean it is on minimum and requires a topup, or an oil PRESSURE light which means you are in trouble.
     
  7. MrMoonX

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    if its a red light generally that means stop and fix immediately, if its on some sort of multi functional display that might just be a level indicator
     
  8. Janesy B

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    I'm sure it doesn't have a top up light, however we shall find out tomorrow to see if there's no oil on the dipstick, if it's a duff sensor or indeed it just needs a top up.
     
  9. [TW]Fox

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    He doesnt say what colour it is. Best thing to do is read the cars owners handbook which should explain exactly what to do.
     
  10. Clown

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    It's a yellow gravy pot light :)
    Edit - Manual says a steady yellow light means the engine oil level is too low.

    What's good to buy from Halfords then?
     
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  11. Fr0dders

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    the oil level light on the volvo comes on when its halfway between max and min, so only about 0.3 litres from max or something small.
     
  12. LeeUK

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    An oil and filter change at National will probably work out cheaper than buying the oil from Halfords. :)
     
  13. Clown

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    Is that what I should do, because I'm on my way out to Halfords right now?
    I guess at least I will have oil for next time? I never had to put oil in my 1.6 Focus for the entire time I had it.
     
  14. Clown

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    Meh, 1 litre of Castrol something something was good enough.
    Cheers for your help guys.
     
  15. [TW]Fox

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    Errr did you not check what oil you needed before you just bought 'Castrol something'?
     
  16. stoke1863

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    jesus please tell me you checked the grade of the oil?
     
  17. Janesy B

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    lol

    I suppose any old grade of oil is better than driving around with none. Clown is excellent at killing cars.
     
  18. Clown

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    Just got whatever was cheapest ;)
    I'm just playing - the box said something like Semi-synthetic 40 W 10 Castrol something, I can't remember what type of Castrol oil it was though?
     
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  19. stoke1863

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    are you serious? You have to make sure it is the correct oil for your car. or it can do some damage
     
  20. Clown

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    I just edited - the Halfords spinning index thing said that's what I should get but I didn't know the difference between the brands. I just went for Castrol just because I know that name from somewhere. I also didn't know what the difference was between variable or long service was?