Browse most popular articles in Oils and Fluids

  • Which oil do I need? Think of vehicle maintenance and an oil change is probably the first thing that comes to mind. We all know that low oil levels and overused engine oil are to be avoided. There are many different types of oil and it's crucial to understand that no single type is suitable for all makes and models. In regard…
  • Which antifreeze is right for me? Antifreeze is going to go right into the heart of your car's engine, so choosing the right one is very important, especially since it’s now vehicle specific. Antifreeze mixes with water to prevent it from freezing; it also raises the boiling point to avoid overheating and reduce corrosion in your…
  • A guide to engine oil After petrol or diesel, oil is the other critical car consumable that will leave you stranded if you don't top it up. Our car engine oil buyer's guide explains the importance of oil, which type you’ll need, and some top tips to make sure your car enjoys a long life with fewer breakdowns! What is…
  • How to check and top up your engine oil Checking your engine oil level is one of the most important checks that you must carry out regularly on your car. Engine oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine - if the level gets too low the engine might overheat, the moving parts would begin to wear out and the engine may eventually…
  • Why is my car overheating? An overheated car can be a stressful experience and you may be unsure of what to do should the situation arise. It is essential to act quickly if your car is overheating to avoid further damage to your car engine and keep yourself safe. Keep reading to discover why a car overheats and what to do if…
  • Semi-synthetic and fully synthetic oil Using the right oil will keep your car running smoothly and its engine delivering its full potential and performance. Engine oil works hard. It reduces friction, helps manage engine temperature and protects the hardworking components. Your engine oil should be changed at least every year as part of an…
  • All you need to know about Adblue What is Adblue? AdBlue is an exhaust fluid, not a fuel additive. It's stored in a separate reservoir and is topped up via a (usually) blue filler cap located either next to your fuel filler, in the boot or under the bonnet. How long does Adblue last? The rate at which you use AdBlue depends on your…
  • What does antifreeze do? Antifreeze is going to go right into the heart of your car's engine, so choosing the right antifreeze is very important. Getting the right type for your car is even more vital now antifreeze has been made vehicle specific.  Antifreeze mixes with water to prevent water from freezing. It also raises…
  • The importance of brake fluid Brake fluid is the liquid chemical solution used in the hydraulic braking systems of modern cars. It is designed to amplify your foot's force on your brake pedal and turns it into pressure on your car's brakes. If you think it's time to get your brake fluid changed but you are unsure if you are in need…
  • Electric vs diesel vs petrol: How do they compare? Choosing a new car can be overwhelming. There are so many different types and models available, where do you begin? To help decide which type of car is best for you, we’ve assessed petrol, diesel and electric vehicles (EVs) against the most common purchasing considerations. Costs Vehicle value EVs…