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Guide and tips on what to do when Check Engine Oil at Next Refueling illuminates at Mercedes-Benz Instrument Cluster.

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What does Check Engine Oil at Next Refueling mean?

When Check Engine Oil at Next Refueling or Check Engine Oil Level message shows up on the instrument cluster, it means that the oil level in the engine is below the minimum level. Ignoring this warning for an extended time can lead to permanent and expensive engine damage. This warning light means that you need to add engine oil to the engine.

Why does Check Engine Oil At Next Refueling come up? 

Check Engine Oil on Next Refueling

The most common reasons why check engine oil level at the next refueling comes up are:

  • The engine is burning oil
  • Engine oil leaks
  • Blown head gasket
  • The oil cooler seal is leaking
  • Not enough oil was added at the last oil change

On higher mileage Mercedes-Benz due to wear of the engine we often see engines burn about 1/2 quarts for every 1000 miles. If you are seeing this error message after getting an oil change, the service station may not have added enough engine oil. 

Can I drive with the check engine oil light on? 

It depends. 

You can still drive with this warning light but not for a long drive because there may not be enough engine oil to lubricate parts on the engine and reduce friction. 

If the RED oil light comes on, do not drive but pull over immediately and turn off the engine. Add more oil to the engine before you resume the road trip. 

The best thing to do is to stop at a gas station and add two quarts (about two litters). Adding two quarts should get rid of the Mercedes-Benz Check Engine Oil at Next Refueling warning message. 

The gas station or auto parts store may not have the recommended oil but in most cases adding 5W-30 full synthetic oil should be OK. If you mix oil grades, it is recommended to get an oil change in the next week and use the recommended oil. 

How to add engine oil?

  1. Let the engine cool down for about 10-15 minutes.

  2. Open the oil cap and pour in 1 quartz of engine oil. Use the oil recommended by the vehicle's manufacturer.

  3. Check the oil level on the dipstick. The 2 dots on the tip of the dipstick indicates the minimum and maximum level.

  4. Add engine oil again and set the oil level on the maximum level. Make sure to only use approved oil. Most Mercedes-Benz requires Mobil1 0W-40 full synthetic but other approved oils can be used as well. See the owner's manual to find out the recommended oil for your vehicle.

  5. Place the oil cap back to the engine.

  6. Start the engine and ensure that check engine oil at next refueling diapers.

Do I check the oil with the engine running?

No. You need to turn off the engine. Wait at least 15 minutes then check engine oil.

Can you check the Mercedes-Benz oil level after driving?

Yes, but you need to turn off the engine, wait for 15 mintues then check the engine oil level with the engine off.

What should I do if I need to check engine oil before refueling?

Turn off the engine. Wait at least 15 minutes. Then check the engine oil level with the engine off. If the oil level is below the minimum mark, add more oil.

My Mercedes-Benz doesn't have a dipstick

If your Mercedes-Benz is not equipped with a dipstick, you will need to check the oil level using the buttons on the steering wheel. The oil level is checked using the oil sensor and the oil level is displayed on the instrument cluster.

Oil level drops after one week

If the oil level drops after about a week, this is NOT normal. The engine is either leaking or burning oil. These problems are caused by a bad seal, or head gasket. Have an auto mechanic perform engine checks.

Mercedes-Benz Check Engine Oil at Next Refueling Guide and tips on what to do when Check Engine Oil at Next Refueling illuminates at Mercedes-Benz Instrument Cluster.