Quick Lane Grande Prairie North

How Long Can You Drive with Low Oil: What To Do If You’re Running on Empty

How long can you drive with low oil? This is a question that many drivers ask themselves, especially when they’re running on empty. If you’re not sure what to do if your car runs out of oil, don’t worry! If your vehicle is running low on oil we will help teach you what to do in this situation. We will also discuss how to prevent your car from running out of oil in the first place.

What is oil and why does it matter

Vehicle oil is a crucial component of any car, truck, or motorcycle. It helps to lubricate the engine, keeping moving parts clean and cool. It also helps to prevent rust and corrosion. Over time, however, oil breaks down and loses its effectiveness.

This is why it’s important to regularly change your vehicle’s oil according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Neglecting to do so can lead to costly repairs down the road.

Furthermore, using the wrong type of oil can also cause problems. So when it’s time for an oil change, be sure to consult your owner’s manual or a qualified mechanic like our experts at Quick Lane before making a purchase.

With a little bit of care and attention, you can keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come.

How to check your cars oil level

Every car owner knows that routine maintenance is essential to keeping their vehicle running smoothly. One of the most important things you can do is to check your oil level regularly. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple task that only takes a few minutes. Here’s how to do it:

First, to check your vehicle’s oil you want to ensure the engine is off, isn’t to hot and your vehicle is parked on a level surface/ground. Then, open the hood and locate the dipstick. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag. Reinsert the dipstick all the way back into the tube, then remove it again.

The oil level should be between the two markings on the dipstick. If it’s low, add more oil until it reaches the full mark. Checking your oil level regularly is a simple way to help keep your car running smoothly for years to come.

Simply refilling the oil isn’t enough. It’s important to flush your vehicle’s oil system and replace the filter to ensure that any contaminants are removed. Quick Lane offers a complimentary Multi-Point inspection with every oil change that can help identify any potential problems before they become serious.

If you’re due for an oil change or your car is running low on oil, bring it to Quick Lane. Our qualified technicians will be happy to help keep your car running smoothly.

When should you change your oil?

Car engines have a lot of moving parts, and all of that friction generates heat. To keep your engine running smoothly, and to prevent it from overheating, you need to ensure you have oil in your car as well as change your oil regularly.

Depending on your car’s make and model, you should change your oil every 5,000 to 7,500 kilometers.

However, it’s also important to check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations. Some cars have oil-change alerts that come on when it’s time for an oil change, while others have sensors that measure the quality of your oil and let you know when it needs to be changed.

If you’re unsure about when to change your oil, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and bring your car in for an oil change sooner rather than later.

Following regularly scheduled maintenance will likely prevent any problems with your vehicle ever running out of oil. Most issues with no oil are due to extended periods of time with no oil change or bigger issues like a leak. Our team at Quick Lane always provides a comprehensive 83-point inspection with every oil change thanks to “Our Works” package so you can rest easy knowing what condition your vehicle will be in for your next trip.

What to do if your car runs out of oil?

If your car runs out of oil, the first thing you should do is pull over to a safe location. Once you’re parked, turn off the engine and pop the hood.

Then, check the oil level using the dipstick as we mentioned above. Take great caution and ensure your engine isn’t too hot before doing this.

Once it’s safe, continue with checking the oil. If the dipstick shows that the oil level is low, add more oil until it reaches the full line. If your car doesn’t have enough oil, it can cause serious damage to the engine. So, it’s important to check the oil level regularly and top it off as needed.

If you don’t have any motor oil with you then your best bet is to call a tow truck or reach out to roadside assistance and have them bring you some as driving your vehicle with no oil could cause serious damage and potentially ruin your engine.

Always consult your owner’s manual to find out what type of oil is best for your car. Some cars require special types of oil, so it’s important to use the right kind to avoid damaging your engine.

If you’re unsure of what to do even after checking your vehicle oil then please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Quick Lane and we’ll be happy to help answer any questions you have regarding what you should do when you are low or run out of oil.

When it comes to your vehicle and the investment you’ve made it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Book Your Appointment