You’ve probably heard someone say that the oil is the blood of your car’s engine. Checking it on a regular basis is one of the easiest things you can do to make sure your car lasts a long time without major issues. Not sure How to Check Your Car’s Oil Level? You’re in the right place!
Checking your oil is something we recommend you do every couple of times you stop to fill it up with gas. If you drive an older car, you may want to do it more often than that. The good news is all you really need is a rag, napkin, or paper towel, and a minute or so to spare.
First, make sure you’re parked on level ground, and open the hood. Next, locate the engine oil dipstick. They’re usually orange or yellow, and marked with either “Engine Oil” or the oil lamp symbol. On some cars, they’re hidden pretty well, on others they’re right out in the open.
Once you find your engine oil dip stick, remove the dipstick and wipe the end clean with your rag, paper towel, or whatever’s handy. Put the dipstick back and make sure to insert it all the way, then remove it again and look at the end. You should see some kind of marked area with an oil residue mark, like the photo below.
If your oil level is near the top of the marked area, like the photo above, you’re good. If it’s near the bottom of the marked area, you’ll need to add some oil. On most cars, the marked area is equal to 1 US Quart, so if your oil level is at the very bottom of the marked area, adding a quart of oil should raise the oil level to full.
What Kind of Oil should you add?
With most cars, the oil required will be noted on the oil fill cap (Example photo below). Find it, and you’ll know what oil you need. If you can’t find the oil fill cap, or it doesn’t appear to have any markings, your local parts store should be able to help you get the right oil for your car! Now all you have to do is add oil until your oil level is full again, and your’e good to go!