Check Your Oil With the Best of Them
First things first, make sure your car 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 dipstick. It’s usually orange or yellow and stick out near your engine. There’s usually 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.
Grab the dipstick, pull it out, and wipe the end with a cloth. When the dipstick is clean, put it fully back into the pipe and pull it out again. Take a look at the bottom of the dipstick and see where the oil level is. Consult your owner’s manual to see where the oil mark should be for your car.
If the level is good, shove that puppy back into the pipe and call it a day. If not, you might have to add a little bit of oil to the engine. If it needs a whole quart, it’s way too low and you should probably check a mechanic. Again, check out your vehicle’s manual, which will give you the info on where the oil goes and how much it needs.
All vehicles takes a different kind of motor oil. You’ll have to check and see what kind of oil is right for your car. 5W-30? 10W-40? R2-D2?
Another thing – if you see this symbol: it means you should check your oil immediately because you probably either have too little or too much in your engine.
To keep your engine in prime condition, make sure you’re getting your oil changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles. If you don’t, this guy might come and getcha.