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TASK LIST
Choosing the right oil
How to spot a real (or authentic) oil
When to change your oil
Car maintenance checklist
The dipstick test
Adjusting your headlights
Synthetic vs mineral oils
The tyre change
Listen to your engine
Listen to your car
Stop-start driving

CHOOSING
THE RIGHT OIL
FOR YOUR CAR

Not all oils are made equal.

There are mineral oils and synthetics. Oils for high-tech engines, new cars, and even high mileage vehicles. And each of these oils can come in a wide selection of viscosities, from an even wider range of brands.

So how do you know when
you’ve chosen the right oil?

There are four key factors when choosing the right oil for your engine. They are:

The best thing to do is to check your vehicle’s handbook or owner’s manual. Often, manufacturers will suggest a range of oil viscosities for an engine. Knowing the importance of viscosity will help you choose the best oil for your engine.

The highs and lows of viscosity.

Viscosity is a fluid’s resistance to flow. Common engine oil viscosities include 5W-30 and 10W-40.

The "W" stands for winter, not weight as many people think. The lower the number here, the less it thickens in the cold. A 5W-30 viscosity engine oil would thicken less than a 10W-30, but more than a 0W-30.

An engine in a colder climate, where motor oil tends to thicken because of the lower temperatures, would benefit from 0W or 5W viscosity.

The number after the "W" represents the oil’s resistance to flow at high temperatures. At the engine’s stable operating temperature, a 10W-30 oil will have less resistance to flow than a 10W-40.

When in doubt, check your owner’s manual.

Your owner’s manual will advise you on the viscosity range for your local temperature conditions. You can of course consult your mechanic or car workshop for extra information.

Castrol has over 100 years of experience in developing engine oils that respond to different driving needs and conditions.

Find out which oil you should use.

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CHOOSING
THE RIGHT OIL
FOR YOUR CAR

Not all oils are made equal.

There are mineral oils and synthetics. Oils for high-tech engines, new cars, and even high mileage vehicles. And each of these oils can come in a wide selection of viscosities, from an even wider range of brands.

So how do you know when
you’ve chosen the right oil?

There are four key factors when choosing the right oil for your engine. They are:

The best thing to do is to check your vehicle’s handbook or owner’s manual. Often, manufacturers will suggest a range of oil viscosities for an engine. Knowing the importance of viscosity will help you choose the best oil for your engine.

The highs and lows of viscosity.

Viscosity is a fluid’s resistance to flow. Common engine oil viscosities include 5W-30 and 10W-40.

The "W" stands for winter, not weight as many people think. The lower the number here, the less it thickens in the cold. A 5W-30 viscosity engine oil would thicken less than a 10W-30, but more than a 0W-30.

An engine in a colder climate, where motor oil tends to thicken because of the lower temperatures, would benefit from 0W or 5W viscosity.

The number after the "W" represents the oil’s resistance to flow at high temperatures. At the engine’s stable operating temperature, a 10W-30 oil will have less resistance to flow than a 10W-40.

When in doubt, check your owner’s manual.

Your owner’s manual will advise you on the viscosity range for your local temperature conditions. You can of course consult your mechanic or car workshop for extra information.

Castrol has over 100 years of experience in developing engine oils that respond to different driving needs and conditions.

Find out which oil you should use.

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CHOOSING
THE RIGHT OIL
FOR YOUR CAR

Not all oils are made equal.

There are mineral oils and synthetics. Oils for high-tech engines, new cars, and even high mileage vehicles. And each of these oils can come in a wide selection of viscosities, from an even wider range of brands.

So how do you know when
you’ve chosen the right oil?

There are four key factors when choosing the right oil for your engine. They are:

The best thing to do is to check your vehicle’s handbook or owner’s manual. Often, manufacturers will suggest a range of oil viscosities for an engine. Knowing the importance of viscosity will help you choose the best oil for your engine.

The highs and lows of viscosity.

Viscosity is a fluid’s resistance to flow. Common engine oil viscosities include 5W-30 and 10W-40.

The "W" stands for winter, not weight as many people think. The lower the number here, the less it thickens in the cold. A 5W-30 viscosity engine oil would thicken less than a 10W-30, but more than a 0W-30.

An engine in a colder climate, where motor oil tends to thicken because of the lower temperatures, would benefit from 0W or 5W viscosity.

The number after the "W" represents the oil’s resistance to flow at high temperatures. At the engine’s stable operating temperature, a 10W-30 oil will have less resistance to flow than a 10W-40.

When in doubt, check your owner’s manual.

Your owner’s manual will advise you on the viscosity range for your local temperature conditions. You can of course consult your mechanic or car workshop for extra information.

Castrol has over 100 years of experience in developing engine oils that respond to different driving needs and conditions.

Find out which oil you should use.

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HOW
FAKE OILS CAN HARM YOUR ENGINE

Engines are the heart of a car. And engine oils, the blood that pumps through it.

Lubricants are responsible for far more than just keeping your engine well oiled. They clean, cool, seal and protect. Which is why they play such a crucial role in keeping your engine running smoothly.

Quality engine oils will have the following attributes:
  • 1

    Made from quality ingredients

  • 2

    Meet high performance industry specifications

  • 3

    Carry approvals from OEMs (Vehicle manufacturers)

  • 4

    Brand assurance from a familiar brand

If oil is too cheap, it might not meet all of the requirements that it should. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

A low quality or fake oil won’t just comprise your engine’s performance.

They could actually cause harm and hefty repair bills. Damage such as engine wear, sludge and engine scuffing aren’t just expensive - they could cost you time and frustration. So if you ever find that you’ve used fake oil, make sure replace it with proper oil immediately.

Castrol has over 100 years of experience in developing engine oils that respond to different driving needs and conditions.
Find out more.

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HOW
FAKE OILS CAN HARM YOUR ENGINE

Engines are the heart of a car. And engine oils, the blood that pumps through it.

Lubricants are responsible for far more than just keeping your engine well oiled. They clean, cool, seal and protect. Which is why they play such a crucial role in keeping your engine running smoothly.

Quality engine oils will have the following attributes:
  • 1

    Made from quality ingredients

  • 2

    Meet high performance industry specifications

  • 3

    Carry approvals from OEMs (Vehicle manufacturers)

  • 4

    Brand assurance from a familiar brand

If oil is too cheap, it might not meet all of the requirements that it should. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

A low quality or fake oil won’t just comprise your engine’s performance.

They could actually cause harm and hefty repair bills. Damage such as engine wear, sludge and engine scuffing aren’t just expensive - they could cost you time and frustration. So if you ever find that you’ve used fake oil, make sure replace it with proper oil immediately.

Castrol has over 100 years of experience in developing engine oils that respond to different driving needs and conditions.
Find out more.

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HOW
FAKE OILS CAN HARM YOUR ENGINE

Engines are the heart of a car. And engine oils, the blood that pumps through it.

Lubricants are responsible for far more than just keeping your engine well oiled. They clean, cool, seal and protect. Which is why they play such a crucial role in keeping your engine running smoothly.

Quality engine oils will have the following attributes:
  • 1

    Made from quality ingredients

  • 2

    Meet high performance industry specifications

  • 3

    Carry approvals from OEMs (Vehicle manufacturers)

  • 4

    Brand assurance from a familiar brand

If oil is too cheap, it might not meet all of the requirements that it should. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

A low quality or fake oil won’t just comprise your engine’s performance.

They could actually cause harm and hefty repair bills. Damage such as engine wear, sludge and engine scuffing aren’t just expensive - they could cost you time and frustration. So if you ever find that you’ve used fake oil, make sure replace it with proper oil immediately.

Castrol has over 100 years of experience in developing engine oils that respond to different driving needs and conditions.
Find out more.

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IS YOUR CAR READY FOR
AN OIL
CHANGE?

Change is good. Especially when it comes to engine oils.

Regular oil changes are a good way to protect you from the maintenance costs of regular engine wear and tear. By regularly changing your engine oil, you could save long-term maintenance costs and protect yourself against major engine problems.

But changing your oil too frequently could also mean wasting money.

When is the best time to change your oil?

In the past, oil needed to be changed every 3,000 miles or three to six months.

Modern cars and oils are now designed to go for as many as 20,000 miles, but this will depend on the make and model, and how the car is driven.

A vehicle that does a lot of city or stop-start driving is likely to need more regular oil changes than one that covers lots of motorway miles.

Your car might tell you when the next oil change is due, or you might have to check your service handbook for the correct oil change interval.

If your car has a long oil change interval, it’s especially important to check the oil level regularly. For information on how to do this, see How to check your engine oil.

Castrol has over 100 years of experience in developing engine oils that respond to different driving needs and conditions.
Find out which oil you should use.

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IS YOUR CAR READY FOR
AN OIL
CHANGE?

Change is good. Especially when it comes to engine oils.

Regular oil changes are a good way to protect you from the maintenance costs of regular engine wear and tear. By regularly changing your engine oil, you could save long-term maintenance costs and protect yourself against major engine problems.

But changing your oil too frequently could also mean wasting money.

When is the best time to change your oil?

In the past, oil needed to be changed every 3,000 miles or three to six months.

Modern cars and oils are now designed to go for as many as 20,000 miles, but this will depend on the make and model, and how the car is driven.

A vehicle that does a lot of city or stop-start driving is likely to need more regular oil changes than one that covers lots of motorway miles.

Your car might tell you when the next oil change is due, or you might have to check your service handbook for the correct oil change interval.

If your car has a long oil change interval, it’s especially important to check the oil level regularly. For information on how to do this, see How to check your engine oil.

Castrol has over 100 years of experience in developing engine oils that respond to different driving needs and conditions.
Find out which oil you should use.

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IS YOUR CAR READY FOR
AN OIL
CHANGE?

Change is good. Especially when it comes to engine oils.

Regular oil changes are a good way to protect you from the maintenance costs of regular engine wear and tear. By regularly changing your engine oil, you could save long-term maintenance costs and protect yourself against major engine problems.

But changing your oil too frequently could also mean wasting money.

When is the best time to change your oil?

In the past, oil needed to be changed every 3,000 miles or three to six months.

Modern cars and oils are now designed to go for as many as 20,000 miles, but this will depend on the make and model, and how the car is driven.

A vehicle that does a lot of city or stop-start driving is likely to need more regular oil changes than one that covers lots of motorway miles.

Your car might tell you when the next oil change is due, or you might have to check your service handbook for the correct oil change interval.

If your car has a long oil change interval, it’s especially important to check the oil level regularly. For information on how to do this, see How to check your engine oil.

Castrol has over 100 years of experience in developing engine oils that respond to different driving needs and conditions.
Find out which oil you should use.

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CAR MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Just as you need regular checkups, your car does too.

Here’s a list of the Top 10 things you should check frequently:

  • 1Check brakes (brake fluid level and operation)
  • 2Check the coolant level
  • 3Check the engine oil level
  • 4

    Check tyres, the tread depth and tyre pressure

  • 5

    Check if your seatbelt is operating correctly

  • 6

    Check headlights and brake light bulbs

  • 7

    Check battery and starter motor operation

  • 8

    Check power steering fluid

  • 9

    Check washer fluid level, and windscreen wiper operation

  • 10

    Check air conditioner operation

Maintaining a car in peak operating condition, whether new or old, requires close attention to the car’s safety systems. While many new cars have warning systems in place to do it for you, it’s a good idea to be familiar with some basic checks that you can do yourself.

It is also advisable to periodically subject your vehicle to a safety check, as a professional will be able to perform a more thorough inspection.

Find out more in the other Quick Tips or consult your vehicle handbook to learn more.

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CAR MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Just as you need regular checkups, your car does too.

Here’s a list of the Top 10 things you should check frequently:

  • 1Check brakes (brake fluid level and operation)
  • 2Check the coolant level
  • 3Check the engine oil level
  • 4

    Check tyres, the tread depth and tyre pressure

  • 5

    Check if your seatbelt is operating correctly

  • 6

    Check headlights and brake light bulbs

  • 7

    Check battery and starter motor operation

  • 8

    Check power steering fluid

  • 9

    Check washer fluid level, and windscreen wiper operation

  • 10

    Check air conditioner operation

Maintaining a car in peak operating condition, whether new or old, requires close attention to the car’s safety systems. While many new cars have warning systems in place to do it for you, it’s a good idea to be familiar with some basic checks that you can do yourself.

It is also advisable to periodically subject your vehicle to a safety check, as a professional will be able to perform a more thorough inspection.

Find out more in the other Quick Tips or consult your vehicle handbook to learn more.

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CAR MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Just as you need regular checkups, your car does too.

Here’s a list of the Top 10 things you should check frequently:

  • 1Check brakes (brake fluid level and operation)
  • 2Check the coolant level
  • 3Check the engine oil level
  • 4

    Check tyres, the tread depth and tyre pressure

  • 5

    Check if your seatbelt is operating correctly

  • 6

    Check headlights and brake light bulbs

  • 7

    Check battery and starter motor operation

  • 8

    Check power steering fluid

  • 9

    Check washer fluid level, and windscreen wiper operation

  • 10

    Check air conditioner operation

Maintaining a car in peak operating condition, whether new or old, requires close attention to the car’s safety systems. While many new cars have warning systems in place to do it for you, it’s a good idea to be familiar with some basic checks that you can do yourself.

It is also advisable to periodically subject your vehicle to a safety check, as a professional will be able to perform a more thorough inspection.

Find out more in the other Quick Tips or consult your vehicle handbook to learn more.

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HOW TO CHECK YOUR ENGINE OIL

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of checking your oil regularly. You’ll then be able to keep the oil topped up to the correct level, and also see if your engine is using more oil than normal.

If the oil on your dipstick is very thick and black, and contains deposits, you should consider changing your oil sooner.

How to check your engine oil

It’s easy to check your engine’s oil level yourself.

You will need:

  • A safe, level area to park your car
  • A cloth or tissue to clean the dipstick with
  • Some fresh oil to top up with if required

Follow these simple steps:

  • 1

    Park your car on safe, level ground. Apply the handbrake and make sure the engine is off

  • 2

    Open the engine bay, and locate the dipstick (check your vehicle handbook for the location)

  • 3

    Remove the dipstick from the engine, and wipe off any oil with your cloth

  • 4

    Reinsert the dipstick all the way back into the engine. Wait for a few seconds, and then remove again

Check the oil level on the bottom of the dipstick. It should be between the ‘min.’ and ‘max.’ marks. If it is less than halfway between them, you should add some fresh oil.

Good to know:
  1. It is very important to check the oil level regularly, because you can risk serious damage to your engine if the oil level is below the ‘min.’ mark
  2. Equally, take care not to overfill the oil, as this can also cause damage
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HOW TO CHECK YOUR ENGINE OIL

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of checking your oil regularly. You’ll then be able to keep the oil topped up to the correct level, and also see if your engine is using more oil than normal.

If the oil on your dipstick is very thick and black, and contains deposits, you should consider changing your oil sooner.

How to check your engine oil

It’s easy to check your engine’s oil level yourself.

You will need:

  • A safe, level area to park your car
  • A cloth or tissue to clean the dipstick with
  • Some fresh oil to top up with if required

Follow these simple steps:

  • 1

    Park your car on safe, level ground. Apply the handbrake and make sure the engine is off

  • 2

    Open the engine bay, and locate the dipstick (check your vehicle handbook for the location)

  • 3

    Remove the dipstick from the engine, and wipe off any oil with your cloth

  • 4

    Reinsert the dipstick all the way back into the engine. Wait for a few seconds, and then remove again

Check the oil level on the bottom of the dipstick. It should be between the ‘min.’ and ‘max.’ marks. If it is less than halfway between them, you should add some fresh oil.

Good to know:
  1. It is very important to check the oil level regularly, because you can risk serious damage to your engine if the oil level is below the ‘min.’ mark
  2. Equally, take care not to overfill the oil, as this can also cause damage
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HOW TO CHECK YOUR ENGINE OIL

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of checking your oil regularly. You’ll then be able to keep the oil topped up to the correct level, and also see if your engine is using more oil than normal.

If the oil on your dipstick is very thick and black, and contains deposits, you should consider changing your oil sooner.

How to check your engine oil

It’s easy to check your engine’s oil level yourself.

You will need:

  • A safe, level area to park your car
  • A cloth or tissue to clean the dipstick with
  • Some fresh oil to top up with if required

Follow these simple steps:

  • 1

    Park your car on safe, level ground. Apply the handbrake and make sure the engine is off

  • 2

    Open the engine bay, and locate the dipstick (check your vehicle handbook for the location)

  • 3

    Remove the dipstick from the engine, and wipe off any oil with your cloth

  • 4

    Reinsert the dipstick all the way back into the engine. Wait for a few seconds, and then remove again

Check the oil level on the bottom of the dipstick. It should be between the ‘min.’ and ‘max.’ marks. If it is less than halfway between them, you should add some fresh oil.

Good to know:
  1. It is very important to check the oil level regularly, because you can risk serious damage to your engine if the oil level is below the ‘min.’ mark
  2. Equally, take care not to overfill the oil, as this can also cause damage
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ADJUSTING YOUR HEADLIGHTS

Headlights are the eyes of a car.

Did you know that you can affect your car’s headlight level just by filling it with passengers or luggage?

We all know that dipping our headlights helps prevent oncoming traffic from being blinded by the glare of our lights - but a similar glare can also be caused by a fully loaded car, even with dipped headlights.

Adjustment control

If you’re going on holiday, or have loaded up your car for any other reason, then you may need to adjust your headlights.

Thankfully, many car manufacturers have made this task easy by including a headlight adjustment control on the dashboard. Check your vehicle’s handbook to see if this control is fitted, and where it is located.

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ADJUSTING YOUR HEADLIGHTS

Headlights are the eyes of a car.

Did you know that you can affect your car’s headlight level just by filling it with passengers or luggage?

We all know that dipping our headlights helps prevent oncoming traffic from being blinded by the glare of our lights - but a similar glare can also be caused by a fully loaded car, even with dipped headlights.

Adjustment control

If you’re going on holiday, or have loaded up your car for any other reason, then you may need to adjust your headlights.

Thankfully, many car manufacturers have made this task easy by including a headlight adjustment control on the dashboard. Check your vehicle’s handbook to see if this control is fitted, and where it is located.

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ADJUSTING YOUR HEADLIGHTS

Headlights are the eyes of a car.

Did you know that you can affect your car’s headlight level just by filling it with passengers or luggage?

We all know that dipping our headlights helps prevent oncoming traffic from being blinded by the glare of our lights - but a similar glare can also be caused by a fully loaded car, even with dipped headlights.

Adjustment control

If you’re going on holiday, or have loaded up your car for any other reason, then you may need to adjust your headlights.

Thankfully, many car manufacturers have made this task easy by including a headlight adjustment control on the dashboard. Check your vehicle’s handbook to see if this control is fitted, and where it is located.

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THE ADVANTAGES OF SYNTHETIC OILS

Your engine is exposed to extreme temperatures.

Synthetic lubricants offer several distinct advantages over mineral-based oils because they are less volatile and stay more consistent at different temperatures.

Hot conditions

Here is an example of one benefit of synthetic oils. The mineral oil on the right has been severely affected by heat, and as you can see, has become thicker. This is called oxidative thickening, and is a permanent degradation of the oil. In contrast, the fully synthetic base oil is still able to flow properly. This is how synthetic oil continues to lubricate an engine even under extreme heat conditions.

Synthetic oilMineral oil

Cold conditions

The use of synthetic lubricants allows engines to ‘turn over’ more easily in low temperatures. This helps save your car’s battery, reduces fuel consumption, and gets you on your way quickly. As you can see from the example on the right, synthetic oils remain able to flow in cold temperatures whereas mineral oils may not.

Synthetic and Mineral oil at -35ºC

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THE ADVANTAGES OF SYNTHETIC OILS

Your engine is exposed to extreme temperatures.

Synthetic lubricants offer several distinct advantages over mineral-based oils because they are less volatile and stay more consistent at different temperatures.

Hot conditions

Here is an example of one benefit of synthetic oils. The mineral oil on the right has been severely affected by heat, and as you can see, has become thicker. This is called oxidative thickening, and is a permanent degradation of the oil. In contrast, the fully synthetic base oil is still able to flow properly. This is how synthetic oil continues to lubricate an engine even under extreme heat conditions.

Synthetic oilMineral oil

Cold conditions

The use of synthetic lubricants allows engines to ‘turn over’ more easily in low temperatures. This helps save your car’s battery, reduces fuel consumption, and gets you on your way quickly. As you can see from the example on the right, synthetic oils remain able to flow in cold temperatures whereas mineral oils may not.

Synthetic and Mineral oil at -35ºC

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THE ADVANTAGES OF SYNTHETIC OILS

Your engine is exposed to extreme temperatures.

Synthetic lubricants offer several distinct advantages over mineral-based oils because they are less volatile and stay more consistent at different temperatures.

Hot conditions

Here is an example of one benefit of synthetic oils. The mineral oil on the right has been severely affected by heat, and as you can see, has become thicker. This is called oxidative thickening, and is a permanent degradation of the oil. In contrast, the fully synthetic base oil is still able to flow properly. This is how synthetic oil continues to lubricate an engine even under extreme heat conditions.

Synthetic oilMineral oil

Cold conditions

The use of synthetic lubricants allows engines to ‘turn over’ more easily in low temperatures. This helps save your car’s battery, reduces fuel consumption, and gets you on your way quickly. As you can see from the example on the right, synthetic oils remain able to flow in cold temperatures whereas mineral oils may not.

Synthetic and Mineral oil at -35ºC

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HOW TO CHECK YOUR TYRES

Car tyres are crucial to the safety, performance and efficiency of your vehicle.

Your tyres are your vehicle’s connection to the road, so it’s vital to ensure they’re in good condition.

You can get the most from your tyres by driving carefully, and avoiding harsh acceleration, cornering and braking.

Check your tyre pressure regularly to ensure they are at the correct pressure. This should take place when your tyres are cold.

Tread wear bars help you to identify if your tyres are in need of a change.

If you look closely at your tyres, you’ll see a little bar between the tyre threads. This is called a ‘tread wear bar’ or ‘tread wear indicator’. As the tyres wear, these bars will become flush (level or even) with the tyre’s tread. At this point, it’s time to replace your tyres.

Tyres should wear evenly, so if you see one side of the tyre wearing before the other, then you should have your vehicle checked by a specialist.

When replacing tyres, make sure that they are of the correct type and size for your vehicle. Check your handbook for details.

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HOW TO CHECK YOUR TYRES

Car tyres are crucial to the safety, performance and efficiency of your vehicle.

Your tyres are your vehicle’s connection to the road, so it’s vital to ensure they’re in good condition.

You can get the most from your tyres by driving carefully, and avoiding harsh acceleration, cornering and braking.

Check your tyre pressure regularly to ensure they are at the correct pressure. This should take place when your tyres are cold.

Tread wear bars help you to identify if your tyres are in need of a change.

If you look closely at your tyres, you’ll see a little bar between the tyre threads. This is called a ‘tread wear bar’ or ‘tread wear indicator’. As the tyres wear, these bars will become flush (level or even) with the tyre’s tread. At this point, it’s time to replace your tyres.

Tyres should wear evenly, so if you see one side of the tyre wearing before the other, then you should have your vehicle checked by a specialist.

When replacing tyres, make sure that they are of the correct type and size for your vehicle. Check your handbook for details.

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HOW TO CHECK YOUR TYRES

Car tyres are crucial to the safety, performance and efficiency of your vehicle.

Your tyres are your vehicle’s connection to the road, so it’s vital to ensure they’re in good condition.

You can get the most from your tyres by driving carefully, and avoiding harsh acceleration, cornering and braking.

Check your tyre pressure regularly to ensure they are at the correct pressure. This should take place when your tyres are cold.

Tread wear bars help you to identify if your tyres are in need of a change.

If you look closely at your tyres, you’ll see a little bar between the tyre threads. This is called a ‘tread wear bar’ or ‘tread wear indicator’. As the tyres wear, these bars will become flush (level or even) with the tyre’s tread. At this point, it’s time to replace your tyres.

Tyres should wear evenly, so if you see one side of the tyre wearing before the other, then you should have your vehicle checked by a specialist.

When replacing tyres, make sure that they are of the correct type and size for your vehicle. Check your handbook for details.

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LISTEN TO YOUR ENGINE

THE HIDDEN ENGINE WEAR

Your engine is constantly making sounds – sounds you can’t hear. The hidden sound of engine wear caused during warm-up may go unheard but the damage caused by fast moving parts coming into contact with each other without proper protection is very real. Up to 75% of engine wear is made during this period which is why proper protection is crucial for your engine right from the start.

THE CRITICAL WARM-UP PERIOD

The warm-up period is the period of time it takes for your oil to reach its optimum operating temperature. Before this temperature is reached your oil may not be protecting the engine properly and damaging engine wear can occur. On average it can take up to 20 minutes for your engine oil to go through this critical warm-up period and reach its optimum operating temperature.

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LISTEN TO YOUR ENGINE

THE HIDDEN ENGINE WEAR

Your engine is constantly making sounds – sounds you can’t hear. The hidden sound of engine wear caused during warm-up may go unheard but the damage caused by fast moving parts coming into contact with each other without proper protection is very real. Up to 75% of engine wear is made during this period which is why proper protection is crucial for your engine right from the start.

THE CRITICAL WARM-UP PERIOD

The warm-up period is the period of time it takes for your oil to reach its optimum operating temperature. Before this temperature is reached your oil may not be protecting the engine properly and damaging engine wear can occur. On average it can take up to 20 minutes for your engine oil to go through this critical warm-up period and reach its optimum operating temperature.

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LISTEN TO YOUR ENGINE

THE HIDDEN ENGINE WEAR

Your engine is constantly making sounds – sounds you can’t hear. The hidden sound of engine wear caused during warm-up may go unheard but the damage caused by fast moving parts coming into contact with each other without proper protection is very real. Up to 75% of engine wear is made during this period which is why proper protection is crucial for your engine right from the start.

THE CRITICAL WARM-UP PERIOD

The warm-up period is the period of time it takes for your oil to reach its optimum operating temperature. Before this temperature is reached your oil may not be protecting the engine properly and damaging engine wear can occur. On average it can take up to 20 minutes for your engine oil to go through this critical warm-up period and reach its optimum operating temperature.

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LISTEN TO YOUR CAR

By being familiar with the sounds your vehicle normally makes you can often identify new or strange sounds that could be a sign of damage or wear. Identifying any issues early could prevent further wear or more serious problems occurring. Listed below are 5 of the more common sounds you can hear from your vehicle and what they could be an indication of. As soon as any of these sounds are heard you should seek guidance from a mechanic/specialist.

ENGINE TICKING

When your engine is making a ticking sound, or is louder than usual this could be an indication of:

  • Valve clearances need to be adjusted
  • Oil of incorrect quality used
  • Valve train damage

BLOWN EXHAUST

If your exhaust is blowing (making a louder noise than usual) this commonly is a sign that a hole has been made in the exhaust. This can occur through various means; however it will require the attention of a mechanic/specialist.

FLAT TYRE

There are numerous ways a flat tyre can be caused, but the most common is that you have driven over a sharp object that has gone into the tyre and caused a puncture. Your car should either have a spare wheel, or a repair and re-inflate kit so that you can continue on your journey. At the earliest available opportunity you should have the flat tyre repaired or replaced.

BRAKE SQUEAL

If you can hear a squealing sound from the brakes when they are applied, this could indicate that there may be an issue with them. This may include:

  • Dirt or debris on the braking surfaces – small pebbles from the road surface are a common cause of brake noise
  • Brake components are worn
  • Disc brake callipers are mounted incorrectly
DRIVE BELT SLIP

The drive belt can lose tension through wear, this could result in a squeal like sound coming from the engine when first starting your car, or during acceleration/revving the engine. This may mean that the belt is loose and the pulleys require adjusting or the belt itself needs replacing.

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LISTEN TO YOUR CAR

By being familiar with the sounds your vehicle normally makes you can often identify new or strange sounds that could be a sign of damage or wear. Identifying any issues early could prevent further wear or more serious problems occurring. Listed below are 5 of the more common sounds you can hear from your vehicle and what they could be an indication of. As soon as any of these sounds are heard you should seek guidance from a mechanic/specialist.

ENGINE TICKING

When your engine is making a ticking sound, or is louder than usual this could be an indication of:

  • Valve clearances need to be adjusted
  • Oil of incorrect quality used
  • Valve train damage

BLOWN EXHAUST

If your exhaust is blowing (making a louder noise than usual) this commonly is a sign that a hole has been made in the exhaust. This can occur through various means; however it will require the attention of a mechanic/specialist.

FLAT TYRE

There are numerous ways a flat tyre can be caused, but the most common is that you have driven over a sharp object that has gone into the tyre and caused a puncture. Your car should either have a spare wheel, or a repair and re-inflate kit so that you can continue on your journey. At the earliest available opportunity you should have the flat tyre repaired or replaced.

BRAKE SQUEAL

If you can hear a squealing sound from the brakes when they are applied, this could indicate that there may be an issue with them. This may include:

  • Dirt or debris on the braking surfaces – small pebbles from the road surface are a common cause of brake noise
  • Brake components are worn
  • Disc brake callipers are mounted incorrectly
DRIVE BELT SLIP

The drive belt can lose tension through wear, this could result in a squeal like sound coming from the engine when first starting your car, or during acceleration/revving the engine. This may mean that the belt is loose and the pulleys require adjusting or the belt itself needs replacing.

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LISTEN TO YOUR CAR

By being familiar with the sounds your vehicle normally makes you can often identify new or strange sounds that could be a sign of damage or wear. Identifying any issues early could prevent further wear or more serious problems occurring. Listed below are 5 of the more common sounds you can hear from your vehicle and what they could be an indication of. As soon as any of these sounds are heard you should seek guidance from a mechanic/specialist.

ENGINE TICKING

When your engine is making a ticking sound, or is louder than usual this could be an indication of:

  • Valve clearances need to be adjusted
  • Oil of incorrect quality used
  • Valve train damage

BLOWN EXHAUST

If your exhaust is blowing (making a louder noise than usual) this commonly is a sign that a hole has been made in the exhaust. This can occur through various means; however it will require the attention of a mechanic/specialist.

FLAT TYRE

There are numerous ways a flat tyre can be caused, but the most common is that you have driven over a sharp object that has gone into the tyre and caused a puncture. Your car should either have a spare wheel, or a repair and re-inflate kit so that you can continue on your journey. At the earliest available opportunity you should have the flat tyre repaired or replaced.

BRAKE SQUEAL

If you can hear a squealing sound from the brakes when they are applied, this could indicate that there may be an issue with them. This may include:

  • Dirt or debris on the braking surfaces – small pebbles from the road surface are a common cause of brake noise
  • Brake components are worn
  • Disc brake callipers are mounted incorrectly
DRIVE BELT SLIP

The drive belt can lose tension through wear, this could result in a squeal like sound coming from the engine when first starting your car, or during acceleration/revving the engine. This may mean that the belt is loose and the pulleys require adjusting or the belt itself needs replacing.

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STOP-START DRIVING

In today’s day and age towns and cities have grown larger in size, more people are commuting in and out of the centres and there are more vehicles on the road. The journeys which we make on these roads are taking kids to school, going to work, going out for dinner, attending a game, picking up groceries and finally returning home. This increase in everyday commuting has resulted in vehicles performing more stop-start driving. Stop-start driving means more accelerations and decelerations combined with extended periods of time spent idling, causing an increase in pressure of critical engine parts.

The average driver today can perform as many as 18,000 stop-starts in a single year, with up to a third of urban journeys spent idling.

Castrol teamed up with TomTom, a global leader in navigation, and created the Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START Index to demonstrate how increasing levels of traffic impacts drivers in 78 cities across the world.

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STOP-START DRIVING

In today’s day and age towns and cities have grown larger in size, more people are commuting in and out of the centres and there are more vehicles on the road. The journeys which we make on these roads are taking kids to school, going to work, going out for dinner, attending a game, picking up groceries and finally returning home. This increase in everyday commuting has resulted in vehicles performing more stop-start driving. Stop-start driving means more accelerations and decelerations combined with extended periods of time spent idling, causing an increase in pressure of critical engine parts.

The average driver today can perform as many as 18,000 stop-starts in a single year, with up to a third of urban journeys spent idling.

Castrol teamed up with TomTom, a global leader in navigation, and created the Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START Index to demonstrate how increasing levels of traffic impacts drivers in 78 cities across the world.

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STOP-START DRIVING

In today’s day and age towns and cities have grown larger in size, more people are commuting in and out of the centres and there are more vehicles on the road. The journeys which we make on these roads are taking kids to school, going to work, going out for dinner, attending a game, picking up groceries and finally returning home. This increase in everyday commuting has resulted in vehicles performing more stop-start driving. Stop-start driving means more accelerations and decelerations combined with extended periods of time spent idling, causing an increase in pressure of critical engine parts.

The average driver today can perform as many as 18,000 stop-starts in a single year, with up to a third of urban journeys spent idling.

Castrol teamed up with TomTom, a global leader in navigation, and created the Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START Index to demonstrate how increasing levels of traffic impacts drivers in 78 cities across the world.

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LITTLE THINGS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

When it comes to looking after your car it can feel like there is a lot to look for. But taking 3 minutes out of your week to perform 10 simple checks can make a big difference. Here we have listed 10 things that you should check to help maintain your vehicle.

TYRE PRESSURE

If the air pressure in your tyres drops too low, this could cause uneven tyre wear and also run the risk of a puncture.

You can visually check the pressure in your tyre by looking at the bottom of the tyre (where it touches the road) and making sure there isn't a bulge where it may look flat.

TYRE TREAD

The tyre tread is what gives your vehicle grip on the road. Low tread can impact handling and braking distances, and also increase the risk of a puncture. To check the tread on the tyre, measure it and make sure the depth is above 1.6mm.

ENGINE OIL

Engine oil is what lubricates your engine so the fast moving parts don't come into contact with each other. Low levels of engine oil could cause some very costly damage. You can check the oil levels in your engine using the dipstick, ensuring the levels are between the min and max markers.

TRANSMISSION FLUID

These fluids are commonly found in automatic vehicles and help protect and lubricate the transmission to stop wear on crucial components. Very much like engine oil you can check the levels of transmission fluid using a dipstick to make sure they're between the min and max markers.

OTHER ENGINE FLUIDS

There are numerous fluids in the engine that need to be kept topped up. These include:

  • Windscreen wash
  • Brake fluid
  • Coolant
  • Power steering fluid

To check the levels for each of these, find the filling cap and check for the min and max markers.

Ensure the levels are between these markers and top up accordingly.

WINDSCREEN

The windscreen allows you to see the road and your surroundings when you're driving. A chip or crack in the windscreen could spread over time and obscure your vision. Visually check your windscreen regularly for chips and cracks, and if any are found consult a repair specialist.

WINDSCREEN WIPERS

Windscreen wipers are used to clear off obstructions such as rain, snow and leaves from your windscreen. You can tell if your wipers need replacing if they don't clear off obstructions efficiently, or if the wiper blade itself is showing signs of damage and wear.

EXHAUST

The exhaust takes waste gases from your engine out of your vehicle. They can sometimes suffer from wear and need replacing. An indication of this can be if your exhaust sounds louder than usual. Exhausts can also be an indicator of the health of your engine. If the gases emitting from the exhaust are darker than usual, please consult a mechanic for further guidance.

HEADLIGHTS

Your headlights are crucial for driving in darker conditions. Not only do they allow you to see better, but they also allow other drivers to see you. You can check that your headlights are working correctly by switching them on and ensuring they light the road appropriately, or by looking at the headlight itself to see if the bulb is working.

BRAKELIGHTS

Brakelights indicate to other drivers around you that you are in the process of braking. This is so they to can slow their vehicle down in response. To check your breaklights, reverse up to a wall of reflective surface and put your brake on. Using your rear view mirror you can identify if any lights are out. You could also ask someone to look at the lights as you brake.

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LITTLE THINGS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

When it comes to looking after your car it can feel like there is a lot to look for. But taking 3 minutes out of your week to perform 10 simple checks can make a big difference. Here we have listed 10 things that you should check to help maintain your vehicle.

TYRE PRESSURE

If the air pressure in your tyres drops too low, this could cause uneven tyre wear and also run the risk of a puncture.

You can visually check the pressure in your tyre by looking at the bottom of the tyre (where it touches the road) and making sure there isn't a bulge where it may look flat.

TYRE TREAD

The tyre tread is what gives your vehicle grip on the road. Low tread can impact handling and braking distances, and also increase the risk of a puncture. To check the tread on the tyre, measure it and make sure the depth is above 1.6mm.

ENGINE OIL

Engine oil is what lubricates your engine so the fast moving parts don't come into contact with each other. Low levels of engine oil could cause some very costly damage. You can check the oil levels in your engine using the dipstick, ensuring the levels are between the min and max markers.

TRANSMISSION FLUID

These fluids are commonly found in automatic vehicles and help protect and lubricate the transmission to stop wear on crucial components. Very much like engine oil you can check the levels of transmission fluid using a dipstick to make sure they're between the min and max markers.

OTHER ENGINE FLUIDS

There are numerous fluids in the engine that need to be kept topped up. These include:

  • Windscreen wash
  • Brake fluid
  • Coolant
  • Power steering fluid

To check the levels for each of these, find the filling cap and check for the min and max markers.

Ensure the levels are between these markers and top up accordingly.

WINDSCREEN

The windscreen allows you to see the road and your surroundings when you're driving. A chip or crack in the windscreen could spread over time and obscure your vision. Visually check your windscreen regularly for chips and cracks, and if any are found consult a repair specialist.

WINDSCREEN WIPERS

Windscreen wipers are used to clear off obstructions such as rain, snow and leaves from your windscreen. You can tell if your wipers need replacing if they don't clear off obstructions efficiently, or if the wiper blade itself is showing signs of damage and wear.

EXHAUST

The exhaust takes waste gases from your engine out of your vehicle. They can sometimes suffer from wear and need replacing. An indication of this can be if your exhaust sounds louder than usual. Exhausts can also be an indicator of the health of your engine. If the gases emitting from the exhaust are darker than usual, please consult a mechanic for further guidance.

HEADLIGHTS

Your headlights are crucial for driving in darker conditions. Not only do they allow you to see better, but they also allow other drivers to see you. You can check that your headlights are working correctly by switching them on and ensuring they light the road appropriately, or by looking at the headlight itself to see if the bulb is working.

BRAKELIGHTS

Brakelights indicate to other drivers around you that you are in the process of braking. This is so they to can slow their vehicle down in response. To check your breaklights, reverse up to a wall of reflective surface and put your brake on. Using your rear view mirror you can identify if any lights are out. You could also ask someone to look at the lights as you brake.

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LITTLE THINGS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

When it comes to looking after your car it can feel like there is a lot to look for. But taking 3 minutes out of your week to perform 10 simple checks can make a big difference. Here we have listed 10 things that you should check to help maintain your vehicle.

TYRE PRESSURE

If the air pressure in your tyres drops too low, this could cause uneven tyre wear and also run the risk of a puncture.

You can visually check the pressure in your tyre by looking at the bottom of the tyre (where it touches the road) and making sure there isn't a bulge where it may look flat.

TYRE TREAD

The tyre tread is what gives your vehicle grip on the road. Low tread can impact handling and braking distances, and also increase the risk of a puncture. To check the tread on the tyre, measure it and make sure the depth is above 1.6mm.

ENGINE OIL

Engine oil is what lubricates your engine so the fast moving parts don't come into contact with each other. Low levels of engine oil could cause some very costly damage. You can check the oil levels in your engine using the dipstick, ensuring the levels are between the min and max markers.

TRANSMISSION FLUID

These fluids are commonly found in automatic vehicles and help protect and lubricate the transmission to stop wear on crucial components. Very much like engine oil you can check the levels of transmission fluid using a dipstick to make sure they're between the min and max markers.

OTHER ENGINE FLUIDS

There are numerous fluids in the engine that need to be kept topped up. These include:

  • Windscreen wash
  • Brake fluid
  • Coolant
  • Power steering fluid

To check the levels for each of these, find the filling cap and check for the min and max markers.

Ensure the levels are between these markers and top up accordingly.

WINDSCREEN

The windscreen allows you to see the road and your surroundings when you're driving. A chip or crack in the windscreen could spread over time and obscure your vision. Visually check your windscreen regularly for chips and cracks, and if any are found consult a repair specialist.

WINDSCREEN WIPERS

Windscreen wipers are used to clear off obstructions such as rain, snow and leaves from your windscreen. You can tell if your wipers need replacing if they don't clear off obstructions efficiently, or if the wiper blade itself is showing signs of damage and wear.

EXHAUST

The exhaust takes waste gases from your engine out of your vehicle. They can sometimes suffer from wear and need replacing. An indication of this can be if your exhaust sounds louder than usual. Exhausts can also be an indicator of the health of your engine. If the gases emitting from the exhaust are darker than usual, please consult a mechanic for further guidance.

HEADLIGHTS

Your headlights are crucial for driving in darker conditions. Not only do they allow you to see better, but they also allow other drivers to see you. You can check that your headlights are working correctly by switching them on and ensuring they light the road appropriately, or by looking at the headlight itself to see if the bulb is working.

BRAKELIGHTS

Brakelights indicate to other drivers around you that you are in the process of braking. This is so they to can slow their vehicle down in response. To check your breaklights, reverse up to a wall of reflective surface and put your brake on. Using your rear view mirror you can identify if any lights are out. You could also ask someone to look at the lights as you brake.

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