How to check your car's oil level
Introduction Checking your engine oil is very important because without oil you will fry your engine. By checking the oil you can detect if you need to replenish the motor oil in time before it's too late. If you know your car is leaking oil you should check your oil level every time before you drive, otherwise every time you get gas is sufficient.
Instructions Difficulty: Easy
Things You'll Need
* 1 Quart of Motor Oil * Paper Towels * Rags
1 Step One
Check the oil when the engine is warm. Oil expands when it's hot and contracts when it's cold. Different temperatures will give you different readings.
2 Step Two
Park the car on a level surface.
3 Step Three
Turn off the engine.
4 Step Four
Pull the hood release lever under the dashboard.
5 Step Five
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.
6 Step Six
Find the dipstick, a long piece of metal sticking out of the engine with a loop at one end, usually located near the spark plugs.
7 Step Seven
Pull on the loop and draw the dipstick all the way out.
8 Step Eight
Wipe the oil off the dipstick with a paper towel or shop rag.
9 Step Nine
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.
10 Step Ten
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 (less than a quarter of a quart) with a funnel. Many dipsticks simply have 2 lines with a cross hatch design in between. The oil level should be halfway between these 2 lines.
11 Step Eleven
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.
12 Step Twelve
Check the oil level with the dipstick after adding oil. Add more if necessary. It's easier to add more oil, but fairly difficult to remove oil if you add too much.
13 Step Thirteen
Put the oil filler cap back on and secure it tightly.
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