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Check oil level at least once in two weeks and without fail before a long trip. Opening the bonnet and pulling out the dipstick can do this. The calibrated dipstick will indicate the level of oil.
Certain cars have an indicator on their dashboard, which glows when the engine is low on oil and not lubricating all its parts properly.
Do not drive on low engine oil. Generally this indicator glows for a moment, when you start the car, but if it persists, it could be a serious matter and should be examined by a competent person.
Regularly check the tension of the fan belt and its condition from outside. It is important to keep in mind that it operates crucial engine accessories like the water pump, alternator etc.
Improperly oil pressured engine means that lubrication is not taking place and could result in a serious breakdown. It should be checked and corrected.
Check the oil after every fill up. Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean. Insert it fully and remove it again. If it is low, add oil.
Getting your oil changed is the most important service - and the one that is usually delayed the longest. Changing your oil regularly removes the harmful dirt and contaminants that cause the engine to wear out.
To maintain peak performance, the oil should be changed every 10000 km or as per the manufacturer's recommendation in the car owner's manual.
Beware of quick-stop lube joints though. They may hire unskilled people who use your vehicle for on-the-job training. You run the risk of mistakes, which can result in engine damage in worst case scenarios.
To maintain peak performance, change oil filter every 10000 km or as referred to in the car owner's manual. Replace oil filter with every oil change.