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Home Land Rover Maintenance: How to Check Your Land Rover’s Oil Levels
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Regular oil level checks and changes are crucial to both the short-term and long-term health of your Land Rover. However, with the rise of hybrid SUVs and electric vehicles, there has been an increase in drivers not regularly checking their oil levels, which further down the line can lead to engine damage.

Find out the ins and outs of checking, topping up and changing your engine oil.

How often should I check my oil levels?

In general, your engine oil should be frequently checked every month and topped up as required. For more specific maintenance information tailored to your specific vehicle, make sure you check your owner’s manual.

If a warning message, “engine oil pressure low”, is displayed on your car’s dashboard, stop the engine as soon as you safely can and seek assistance.

What happens if I don’t check my oil levels?

Overtime, oil becomes dirty with contaminants and residue and this can become abrasive on the engine if the oil levels are low, in turn reducing your vehicle’s performance. Failing to stick to a regular oil check and change routine can lead to engine damage and overheating.

It is important to frequently check your oil to minimise the risk of these problems occurring and to help you catch any leaks you may be unaware of.

How to check my oil levels?

Before checking the oil level in your vehicle:

  • Ensure your vehicle is stationary and parked on level ground
  • Turn the engine off for 10 minutes and give it time to cool down

There are a number of different steps to follow when checking your oil levels depending on the model of your Land Rover, however, always remember it is vital that the oil levels do not fall below the lower mark on the dipstick or the oil level indicator.

2020 Defender

  1. Remove the dipstick and wipe the blade clean.
  2. Fully re-insert the dipstick before removing again the check the oil level.
  3. If the oil level is close to the upper mark, you don’t need to add more oil.
  4. If the oil level is below half-way or close to the lower mark, add more oil.
  5. Once the oil is at the correct level on the dipstick, wait for 5 minutes and recheck and add more oil if required.

2020 Discovery Sport

  1. Remove the dipstick and wipe the blade clean.
  2. Fully re-insert the dipstick before removing again the check the oil level.
  3. If the oil level is close to the upper mark, you don’t need to add more oil.
  4. If the oil level is below half-way or close to the lower mark, add more oil.
  5. Once the oil is at the correct level on the dipstick, wait for 5 minutes and recheck and add more oil if required.

2019 Range Rover Sport

  1. Remove the dipstick and wipe the blade clean.
  2. Fully re-insert the dipstick before removing again the check the oil level.
  3. If the oil level is close to the upper mark, you don’t need to add more oil.
  4. If the oil level is below half-way or close to the lower mark, add more oil.
  5. Once the oil is at the correct level on the dipstick, wait for 5 minutes and recheck and add more oil if required.

2016 Discovery 4

  1. Switch on the ignition, making sure you do not start the engine.
  2. Ensure your car is in Park (P) mode.
  3. On the instrument panel, select service menu.
  4. Select oil level to view the current oil level and top up the oil as instructed on the panel.

How can I find the correct engine oil?

Refer to your vehicle’s manual to find out exactly what type of oil your engine needs to run efficiently.

If you have any queries about checking your specific Land Rover’s oil levels, make sure you refer to your owner’s manual. If you notice a significant or sudden drop in your oil level, contact the team at Broadfields Garage for assistance or a professional Land Rover service.

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