How to Check Your Engine Oil Level

The advent of automobiles has added a lot of ease to one’s life. Travel has never been this easy and the time and effort that is required has been substantially reduced. There is of course a need to take care of these vehicles in order for them to work properly.

Engine oil is one of the most important fluids for the vehicle to perform well and remain in good working order. It must be changed whenever it is due. Checking the oil is an important task as well since it is possible that the engine oil for any reason may fall below the required level and may need to be added, even when it is not due for a change. Doing so is quite easy and only takes a couple of minutes.

Things Required:

– Cloth
– Motor Oil


  • 1

    Open the Hood

    The first step that you need to take is to open the hood of the vehicle. This can be done with the help of pulling the hood release lever. You will need to locate it in your car. Generally it is located at the driver’s side and has a symbol of a car with an open hood on top of it. Once located, pull it.

    Then you need to go out and lift the hood which is partially open. Once you lift it, find the hood safety latch release and open the lock to lift the hood.

  • 2

    Keep it Open

    This will vary in different vehicles. Some will have a hydraulic system in place which will keep the hood open by itself. If that is not the case, you will need to place the stand support yourself which only takes a second to lift in to position.

  • 3

    Locate Dip Stick

    The dip stick is the tool with which you will be able to check the oil. It generally has a coloured ring on top to help you in locating it and pulling it out.

  • 4

    Check the Oil

    Pull out the dip stick and wipe off all the oil from it with the help of a cloth. Reinsert it into place and after a couple of seconds, pull it out again. See if the oil is between high and low levels marked on the stick. If it is in that zone, nothing needs to be done. In case the oil is on the low marker or below it, you need to add more oil right away.

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