How To Check Your Oil
How To Check Your Oil
This video guides you through locating the engine oil dipstick in cars, checking for any oil leaks and inpecting the engine itself, as part of car care and maintenance.
Right, we're now going to show you how to check your engine oil which you do like so. You locate the dipstick. Modern day cars nowadays, any area that you need to top up or check is normally marked in yellow or a very distinctive colour – yellow, red – this is where the dipstick is.
Remove the dipstick, clean dipstick with some paper cloth or some cloth, and the dipstick is fine. You can see the two marks on the dipstick, in the minimum mark and the maximum mark. It should be somewhere in between those, preferably towards the top of that mark.
Anywhere below that is obviously in a dangerous level. So now, we dip the engine oil, obviously trying to do that on a flat level surface and without the engine running. You can see the engine oil level there; it's just below the maximum which indicates that this oil is fine.
It doesn't need anything added into it. Right, once you've dipped the engine oil by the dipstick, we then find it a good idea to check the underside of the engine and look for any visible oil leaks or major oil leaks that may occur. So, we do that by simply inspecting the engine.
As you'll see, most engines have minor amounts of oil leaks. It's basically nothing to worry about. We're actually looking for the damage or any major signs of oil leaks, which we check all the main parts, all the main areas, to make sure that there aren't any major oil leaks which you'll also find by looking on your driveway at home, by puddles on the driveway or puddles when you park somewhere.
Now, that seems fine. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of oil leaks or major oil leaks there. if you do need to add oil to this engine, you'd do that in the marked area which you'll find, on this vehicle, is marked in yellow with the yellow oil can on it.
By simply removing that filler cap, you pour the oil into here, a small amount at a time, dipping the dipstick every time to make sure you don't overfill the engine because obviously, overfilling the engine can cause damage to the engine. And when done, remove the oil cap, tighten, and that's it. You've now checked your engine oil. .