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Here at ACC UK Ltd, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.

Basic Car Maintenance Explained – Engine Oil

  • Friday, September 21, 2018

This week we will briefly talk about your Volvo or Toyota Engine Oil. Read below to find out more.

Engine Service

Every car engine needs oil in order to stop the metal moving parts from grinding together causing unnecessary wear, damage and corrosion of the engine from the inside. The purpose of the oil is to keep all the internal parts of your Volvo or Toyota engine lubricated and cool – so it fights friction and heat. It is vital that you regularly check your levels and condition of your engine oil and top up if required. This should be done when the engine oil is cool and your Volvo or Toyota is on a flat surface (not parked on a hill). If you notice that you are topping up regularly this could indicate a problem – please take your car to your local independent garage for inspection. It is vital that you change your oil and filter regularly – this is usually done on your regular servicing schedule. Why? You may ask. Well sludge and dirt can build up within the engine as it becomes contaminated over time and ages therefore rendering the oil inefficient in doing its job properly – that of lubricating – resulting in the possibility of rather expensive repairs – the main one being having to replace the engine. So if you see that your oil is dark brown to black in colour it is definitely time to replace your oil and filter. You can change the oil in your Volvo or Toyota yourself – just remember to use a good quality oil (check your owners hand book for which one to use for your particular car) and remember to dispose of the old oil properly....and no folks, that is NOT down the drain. Over filling your oil can cause damage also so be mindful how much you are putting in. Your Volvo or Toyota engine will serve you well if you just look after it properly. Happy Motoring Folks!

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award and The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.

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