Hey there. We’re going to teach you a think or two today with a step-by-step guide on how to check your car oil levels and wield the legendary oil dipstick.
Engine oil is what keeps your car’s engine running smoothly. When your car runs, the moving parts rub against each other and create heat. Vehicle oil lubricates these parts and absorbs some of that heat. That’s why it’s so important to stay of top of your car maintenance, and get regular oil changes. If your engine parts are grinding and wearing down, your check engine light will end up turning on before you know it. Your warranty won’t cover bad car maintenance my friend. Let’s get started!
Check Your Car Oil With the Best of Them
First things first, make sure your vehicle engine is off and that it’s been sitting for while on level ground. You want your engine to be cold. It doesn’t have to be actually cold, it just has to be not warm, like it had just been running. Pop dat hood.
Next, you’ll want to find the oil dipstick. Your dipstick is usually orange or yellow and sticks out near your engine. There should be a loop that you can grab onto, but there might not be. All cars are different, so you might have to consult your owner’s manual if you are having trouble finding it.
Here’s how you get the most accurate measurement of your vehicle engine oil: Grab the oil dipstick, pull it out, and wipe the end with a lint-free rag or a paper towel. When the dipstick is clean, dip it fully back into the pipe and pull it out again. Take a look at the bottom of the dipstick and see where the vehicle oil level is. There should be a small fluid level line on your oil dipstick letting you know where the oil should reach. If you don’t see this line, consult your operator manual to see where the oil mark should be for your car. There should be motor oil covering the dipstick up to this mark.
If the level is good, shove that puppy back into the pipe and call it a day. If not, you might have to add oil to the oil tank. To do this, just remove the oil cap and carefully pour in the correct amount. If it needs a whole quart, it’s way too low and you should probably check in with a mechanic so they can make sure you don’t have an oil leak. Again, check out your vehicle’s owner manual, which will give you the info on where the oil goes, what kind you need, and how much it needs. These ratios can vary depending on a number of factors like if you have a diesel engine or use synthetic oil.
All vehicles takes a different kind of motor oil. You’ll have to check and see what kind of car oil is right for your car. Synthetic oil? 5W-30? 10W-40? R2-D2?
Another thing – if you see this symbol: it means you should check the oil immediately because you probably either have too little or too much in your engine. If you notice that your check oil light comes on a lot, go see a mechanic asap to make sure you don’t have a leak.
To keep your engine in prime condition, make sure you’re getting your oil changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Car maintenance doesn’t take all that much time out of your day, but will help keep your car in good and engine in condition! If you don’t keep up with your oil, this guy might come and getcha.