How to check my BMW oil levels

How to check my BMW oil levels

BMW Oil Check

Check your BMWs oil levels

Oil is one of the most important components of any car. Checking the engine oil in your BMW is a quick, simple, and basic maintenance task that should be done regularly to help ensure your car’s engine is running smoothly and efficiently.

If you’re not sure how to check your engine oil levels in your BMW, follow this step-by-step guide:

  1. With your BMW parked securely and the engine turned off, open the bonnet. The engine oil needs to be cold.
  2. Find the dipstick – check your BMW owner’s manual if you need help.
  3. Remove the dipstick, wiping any oil residue off it with a paper towel. Put it back in place, before removing it again.
  4. Check the oil level. You’ll see two markers on the dipstick, a high and a low. The oil level should be between the two.
  5. If the oil level is too low, you’ll need to add more oil to your BMW.

Newer BMW models may not have a dipstick. Instead, the oil level is monitored electronically, and will notify you if it's low. For additional peace of mind, you can use the iDrive system to check on oil levels. From the home screen of iDrive, simply select Car, then Vehicle status, Engine oil level and Engine oil measurement. The oil level in your BMW will be measured and displayed, telling you if you need to top it up.

How to add more oil to your BMW

If you need to add more oil to your BMW, the process is easy enough. You can contact your nearest Dick Lovett BMW dealership, book an appointment, and we’ll check your oil and top it up for you. You can also add oil yourself at home. First, check you’re using the right type of oil – your BMW owner’s manual should give you the information you need, but if you’re in any doubt, please do get in touch with us here at Dick Lovett BMW.

When adding oil to your BMW, it’s important that not only is the car’s engine off, but that it’s cold – so don’t do anything immediately after turning the ignition off and getting out of the vehicle. It’s best to add oil when the car hasn’t been running for a while.

Then, locate the oil filler cap, remove it, and pour the new oil in, carefully. You don’t want to overfill, so do this slowly. You may want to pause partway through, and re-check the oil level by inspecting the dipstick as per the instructions we’ve already covered.

If there have been any oil spills, wipe these up promptly using a cloth or kitchen towel. Finally, replace the oil filler cap, close the bonnet – and you’re good to go.

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