We all need to change or add oil to our cars. Maybe after a few months or after a year, we change the engine oil regularly. And the fuel level might get lower in a running engine. In such cases, should car be running when adding oil?
Actually, cars should only run when you add oil. It must be parked on a level surface and cool down for a while. Otherwise, you cannot touch the heated oil filter and put the new oil there. In fact, the overheated engine may damage your newly added oil. That’s why you cannot add oil to a running car. Turning off the engine is a must.
However, today, I’ll show you how to add oil to a running car and why you should never add oil to a running engine. Let’s be on!
After letting it cool down, you should only add oil to a running engine. I’ve three reasons to explain that; heated engine, reading oil level, and damaging fuel quality. Let’s get through them and see why you should never try to add oil to a running engine.
- Heated Engine: The first reason is the heated engine. When driving the car, the engine gets heated within half an hour or so. To add fuel, you cannot touch the heated engine oil filter or other caps. It may burn your finger or skin. Therefore, cooling your engine for at least an hour or 30 minutes will be a safe option.
- Reading Oil Level: You cannot read the fuel level in a running engine. If you’re driving the car, you must go to the parking area to park on an even surface to safely read the engine fuel.
- Damaging Fuel Quality: Another reason why you should never add fuel to a running car is to maintain the fuel quality. Mainly, when you drive the car, it becomes too hot to absorb the engine oil. If you still put the oil in at that time, the overheated or extreme temperature might damage the fuel quality. You need to get the optimum engine performance.
For all these reasons, you should never try to add fuel to a running engine. Let it cool for an hour before adding the fuel to the running car.
You should add the oil to a running car in three steps. Otherwise, you can’t change or add the fuel in the right & safe ways.
Let’s go through all the steps and change or add the engine fuel.
First, you should turn off the engine. If you’re driving the car, you must turn off the engine because a running engine won’t allow you to change the fuel properly.
After parking the car on a level surface, you should read the fuel level. If you read it while driving, you’ll get it wrong. Maybe you read the safe fuel level in driving since the surface would be rough and uneven. That’s why turning off the engine and parking in an even place would be the best idea for adding oil.
You wait for 30 to 60 minutes and let your engine cool down. After that, you may open the hood and get through the filler. It should cool down and won’t burn your hand. Only then can you refill the engine oil. Once you pour the fuel, you must look at the fuel level to avoid overfilling.
After successful fuel filling, you must let the fuel get through the engine. It might take 10 to 15 minutes for the engine to absorb the fuel and get ready to drive; though it’s not a must-follow tip, you should wait a few minutes after refilling the engine oil.
A running car has a heated engine, and a heated engine is not safe to add or refill the oil. Sometimes, the situation might worsen, and you’ve nothing but to refill the oil within a few minutes.
In such conditions, you may add the engine oil following some precautions. First, you must turn off the engine and remove or open the front hood. You’ll get a heated engine and fuel tank over there. There, you can’t open the filler cap with your bare hand.
You must use rubber gloves that can withstand the engine heat. Only then can you add the engine oil in a hot car. Remember, you must turn off the engine for a while before you add the oil. Besides, the heated engine may damage the engine oil, giving you less mileage.
People Also Asked (FAQ)
No, you should never add oil to a hot car or heated engine. You must let the engine cool down for a while and go for a change or refill the oil after 20 to 30 minutes. Putting the oil in a hot car might burn your hand and damage the fuel quality.
Morning would be the best time to add engine oil. Exceedingly, if you drive the entire day and park your car in the garage. You must let it be cool for the night and change the fuel in the morning.
Should Car Be Running When Adding Oil? No, it should be parked and cooled down before you add oil. It’s best to leave your heated engine & hot car to release the temperature for about an hour and then add the oil accordingly.
If you’re driving the car, first turn off the engine. Then, park it for a while until the engine is safe to touch. After that, you can add the engine oil and refill it to a safe level. Remember, you cannot add oil to a running car or engine.