How to check your oil


Things You'll Need

  • 1 Quart of Motor Oil
  • Paper Towels
  • Rags
    • 1
      Park the car on a level surface.
    • 2
      To get the most accurate reading you want to check your oil when the engine is cold.
    • 3
      Pull the hood release lever under the dashboard.
    • 4

      Walk around the front of the car, reach under the hood, find the latch and squeeze it. As you squeeze the latch, open the hood.
    • 5

      Find the dipstick. This is a long piece of metal sticking out of the engine with a loop at one end, usually located near the center of the engine. Many times it will be labeled with the word "Oil" or brightly colored.
    • 6
      Pull on the loop and draw the dipstick all the way out.
    • 7

      Wipe the oil off the dipstick with a paper towel or shop rag.
    • 8

      Replace the clean dipstick, making sure to push it all the way in, then pull it back out and hold it horizontally in front of you.
    • 9

      Look at the pointy end of the dipstick. If the oil on the dipstick is below the line marked "full," add a small amount of oil. Many dipsticks simply have 2 lines with a cross hatch design in between. The oil level should be halfway between these 2 lines.
    • 10

      Add the oil by unscrewing the oil filler cap, which is about 3 inches in diameter and located on the very top of the engine. It will usually be marked with the words "Engine Oil".
    • 11
      Check the oil level with the dipstick after adding oil. Add more if necessary. It's easier to add more oil several times, then to take oil out.
    • 12
      Put the oil filler cap back on and secure it tightly.

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