some weeks ago I saw a yellow oil pressure warning symbol and I move the dipstick up and down then it gone off. As I am not a Car guy I didn't check the oil level because I don't know how much it should be.

One week After that I gone for long trip around 1000km in 3 days (500km each side) but have not observed anything at that time.

One week after that I again saw the same warning in yellow and did the same by moving dipstick and it gone off.

Now today I saw again and visited the service station and they found oil level is at the lower level on the dipstick mark and they topped up 1 liter oil.

My question is, I have drove many long trips during the time like 500km continuous so, what could be the possible damaged to the engine because of my ignorance ? And how to check it through any sound or any performance ?

My car is : VW Polo 2011 1.2 TSI (1,30,000 km as on today)

Thank you very much in advance.

1 Answer 1


The lower level on the dipstick is fine for most of the "normal" operating scenarios.

If you were doing extreme angles ie off-roading etc then it could possibly lead to oil starvation.

For a Polo, then you won't have caused any damage. Just keep up with the servicing and get a friend or the mechanic to show you what to look for. Checking oil is easy.

  • Thank you very much Mike for the quick answer !! The oil capacity for polo is 3.6 liter and mechanic added 1 liter top up. so, is that amount (around 2.6 ltr) is sufficient to drive 500km continuously on 120 speed ?
    – Elysiance
    Apr 15, 2021 at 10:52
  • @Elysiance usually yes, as per the answer.
    – Solar Mike
    Apr 15, 2021 at 10:59
  • @Mike, Thank you very much !!
    – Elysiance
    Apr 15, 2021 at 11:04

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