How to Check Your Car Oil

November 24th, 2018 by

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Motor oil is the most important fluid to monitor and replenish in your car, and it’s vital to always make sure there’s the correct amount of engine oil if you want to protect all your engine’s internal moving parts, whether you’re cruising to the streets of East Hill or taking a day trip from Manhattan and Westbury.

Check the Oil Level in Your Car Step-by-Step

Some more recent model year cars have on-dash electronic oil monitors that don’t use traditional dipsticks, so start by checking your car’s owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations.

If you’re checking the oil yourself, follow these step-by-step instructions on how to change your oil correctly:

  • Make sure your car is in Park and is on level ground
  • Make sure that your engine is turned off and is cold.
  • Open your car hood and locate the dipstick.
  • Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it with a fabric
  • Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube
  • Pull the dipstick out and look at both sides to see where the level is.

Engine oil dipsticks always have a way of indicating the proper oil level. If the top of your oil streak is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, or an area with a circular indentation: the level is good. If it isn’t, you’ll need to add more oil.

Be sure to buy the oil grade recommended in the owner’s manual, remove the oil filler cap, then add oil a little at a time and repeat the above steps until the dipstick indicates you’ve reached the proper level.

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