The relationship of Italians with engine oil checks is rather controversial: only 1 in 4 does it once a month according to a survey
L’motor oil, the level control and regular replacement are the main indications of a car neglected in routine maintenance. According to the survey of one of the main manufacturers of lubricants, the habits of Italians are very segmented, between do it yourself check, checks only in the workshop, up to remember check engine oil with the warning light on.
CHECK ENGINE OIL AND RED LIGHT ON, DANGEROUS COUPLED
According to a national survey carried out by OnePoll on behalf of Castrol in July 2021, out of 1000 car owners, it was found that only the 24% Italians check the engine oil one sprint per month. The remainder reflects the results of the interviews with the Italians of SicurAUTO.it on car maintenance. In most of the cars circulating on Italian roads, the bonnet is opened very rarely or only if the trusted mechanic does it. 26% of motorists entrusts the engine oil check only in the workshop associating it with the annual service (which actually includes the replacement of engine oil for many cars). On the other hand, 28% of those interviewed said they did not know when to check the oil level motor (information which is generally reported on the car owner’s manual).
ENGINE OIL CHECK: WHEN ITALIANS DO IT
Checking the engine oil for the Italian motorists interviewed it is still seen today as something to do if it is the car that remembers it. A bit like the reserve warning light reminds you to refuel, 20% of respondents wait for the red oil warning light to come on to do a check, which almost always occurs when the damage (more or less expensive to repair) is already done. In fact, not all cars warn in time if the oil level is at a minimum, but for almost all the spy is related to the oil pressure in the circuit. So when it comes on it means that the engine does not circulate an adequate quantity for optimal lubrication. Castrol estimates that out of 1,885 cars in circulation in Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Romania, 21% have an insufficient level of oil and 8% can be damaged due to insufficient lubrication.
BECAUSE ITALIANS DO NOT CHECK ENGINE OIL OFTEN
About 1 in 3 Italian motorists responded to the survey that they had never topped up the engine oil level. It is also true that it is necessary to add oil when the engine “eats” it. On the other hand, the 12% who claim they do not know are less misunderstood how to check the oil level motor. Only 43% of the most attentive to maintenance do it DIY, rather than contacting a partner, relative or colleague, like the rest of the interviewees. While for many others it is a job to be left to those who are more competent, because they do not feel safe doing it. Almost half (46%) said “I prefer a technician / mechanic to check him, because he is able to do a more effective job “.