How to Check the Oil in your Automobile

Checking the oil in your car doesn’t have to be a time consuming activity. In just a few easy steps, you will be able to check the oil in your car to keep it in the best condition possible.

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The first thing you need to do is park your vehicle on level ground.

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Allow the engine to cool so that the oil remaining in the engine can drain down into the oil pan.

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Once the engine has cooled, you need to look under the hood and locate your oil dipstick handle. This handle is usually brightly colored. If you are unsure of where the oil dipstick is located, refer to your owner’s manual for more information.

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After locating the dipstick, gently pull it out and wipe it down with a clean rag. Then reinsert the dipstick completely into its place. Now, pull the oil dipstick back out again and look closely at the opposite tip.

Normally, your oil level will be at or close to the “Full” marking on the dipstick.

If your oil level is only slightly low, you just need to top it off. If the oil on the dipstick looks very black, it’s time to change your oil and oil filter. To top off your oil level, just pour a small amount of motor oil into your engine and allow it to drain down. Then repeat the process of checking your oil. Do this until your oil level is at the “Full” mark.

Checking the oil level in your automobile is as easy as that. Just be sure that your vehicle is always sitting on level ground and that you’ve allowed time for the engine to cool down before performing this routine maintenance.

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Andrei Zakhareuski is the founder of Find-a-driving-school.ca. He has been writing for beginner Canadian drivers for several years.
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