How to check your engine oil level!

How to check your engine oil level!

The most common known maintenance procedure is an oil change. Everyone knows you have to change your engine oil or you’ll do some serious damage to your engine.

 But how do you check the condition of your oil in between oil changes?

This is the million dollar question. Not everyone knows how to check their own oil. I’m going to explain how to check                                                                                                                                                      your own oil incase you cant stop by. If you do need to come by just call us and we would be happy to help!

Looking at the oil or rubbing it between your fingers won’t tell you everything that is going on inside your engine.                                                                                                                                                                It be great if that was the case but its not. Some symptoms that may indicate a problem with your oil are low oil                                                                                                                                                      pressure, engine overheating or hard starting in cold weather.

But! You can check it yourself.

Visually examining oil on your oil dipstick may help identify excessive oil thickening or water contamination.

  • Step 1: Park your car on a level surface. Parking on an incline will give you an inaccurate reading of your oil level when you pull the dipstick out.
  • Step 2: Wait until the engine is cold (oil expands when it is hot).
  • Step 3: Is the engine cold? If not, go back to Step 2. (Cold is you can touch the engine with out getting burned. check it in the morning if possible)
  • Step 4: Pull the dipstick, wipe it with a paper towel or rag, and reinsert it all the way back until it’s back in place. Now, withdraw the dipstick again, hold it horizontally, and read the oil level on the dipstick (every dipstick has a safe oil level indicator).
  • Step 5: How does the oil look? Before you reinsert the dipstick, check the oil consistency. If your dipstick has a white, milky discoloration, this means excessive moisture has entered your motor oil. In this case, set up an oil change as soon as possible.
  • Step 6: Add oil as necessary by unscrewing the oil filler cap, which is about 3 inches in diameter and located on the very top of the engine and typically labeled ‘Engine Oil.’
  • Step 7: Recheck the oil level with your dipstick to make sure you’ve added enough oil.
  • Step 8: Screw on Engine Oil cap and make sure it is secured tightly.
  • Step 9: Get an oil change. If your oil level is low, how long has it been since your last oil change? It may be time to schedule one. Have more oil change questions? Ask one of our mechanics.

Stay tuned for a video tutorial of the steps in an upcoming post! If you are having trouble checking your oil please call us and we will be happy to walk you through the process!

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