How Do I Check My Engine Oil Level?
Checking your car's oil level is one of the most vital things that you can do to extend the life of your engine. Not only is it important, but it is a very fast and simple task to complete as well. Follow the steps below to check your oil level...
- First, make sure that you are parked on level ground, for the most accurate reading.
- Next, safely prop your hood open and find the dipstick (which generally has a brightly colored handle, usually orange, and have the word OIL labeled on them).
- Pull the dipstick out and wipe it down with a towel or rag, and then replace it into the engine, making sure that it goes all the way in.
- Now, pull the dipstick back out- and be sure NOT to turn the stick upside down to read as the oil will run and you will not have an accurate reading. The dipstick will have two marks on the bottom (usually lines or holes in the stick), and you can read the oil level by looking to see where the oily section and dry section meet. If you find this mark between the two then you are all set!
If it is below the bottom mark that means that you need to fill the oil. When you do this, be sure to never fill it more than a quart at a time without checking the level again, as you do not want to overfill the engine. Most manufacturers consider normal oil consumption to be 1 quart per 1,000 miles, if you find you are using much more than this you might want to schedule a service appointment. Our service professionals will check to see if a little preventative maintenance can save you from having any major issues down the road.