How To Check The Oil In Your Car
Learn how to check the oil in your car. A brief but very effective guide to checking the oil in your car. Learn how to do a perfect oil filter check with VideoJug's helpful guide on the tips and techniques for checking your oil.
Step 1: You Will Need
1 Rag or Paper Towel
1 Quart of Oil
Step 2: Set Up
Park you car on a level surfce and turn off your engine
Step 3: Pop Hood
Pull hood release to unlock hood. Under front of hood, use lever to lift the hood. IF you have metal rod to hold in position, use it to lock into place.
Step 4: Find The Dipstick
The dipstick is a long piece of metal sticking out of the engine, usually with a colored or lubed handled. If you have trouble finding the dipstick, consult your Owner's Manual.
Step 5: Prepare Dipstick for Reading
Pull dipstick out of sleeve, wipe the end cleanl. Reinsert dipstick until back into its place. Then remove again and look at the very last couple of inches.
Step 6: Read Between The Lines
The oild should reach up to the second line or dot. If the level falls to the lower line/dot, you need to add a quart of oil. If the oil is very dark and looks like molasses, you may need an oil change.
Step 7: Recommended Oil
Check your Owner's Manual for the recommened grade of oil for your car. There are many different varieties, depending on your car, climate or driving habits.
Step 8: Pour Oil
Find and remove the oil fill cap, pour in the required amount of oil. Replace the oil fill cap.
Step 9: Recheck Levels
Recheck the dipstick and check the levels are good.