2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Checking the Oil
January 5, 2015
Santa Claus has given me what I wanted for the holidays: our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. (Or, more accurately, our vehicle manager Mike Schmidt said it would be okay to take the F-Type for Edmunds' holiday break. Still, lucky me!) But I figured it'd be a good idea to check the car's oil since I'd be away from the office for a while.
I'm glad I did.
Like a lot of new high-end car these days, the F-Type has an electronic oil level monitor. At first, I just tried diving in to the car's on-screen menus to see if I could bring it up. No such luck. To the owner's manual! It turns out that some of the F-Type's systems, including oil level, can only be checked when the engine is turned off.
I followed what the manual recommends, which is to drive around enough to have the engine hot, then park the car and let it sit for about 10 minutes. If you try to check the oil too soon, the F-Type basically tells you to try again later. Comfortably parked in my garage, I finally brought up the oil level on the gauge cluster screen. Hmm. So, where's the oil?
When I first checked the oil there wasn't even an indicated level on the bar graph measurement at all. That's not good. I waited five minutes more and tried again. Then got what you see in the picture, which is just one quart low. Phew!
Travis checked the oil on his track day prep. I asked him about it, and he said he also checked the oil level after the track day and found that the oil was still within the proper range. Perhaps the combination of the track day and the last two months of normal driving has put us a quart low.
But this is the first instance of low oil on our F-Type that Mike or I are aware of. Maybe we should keep a closer eye on it, but I doubt our F-Type has picked up any bad habits from our CL65 AMG.
Anyway, I'm now off to the auto parts store to buy some oil.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 13,053 miles