How to Check Your Car’s Oil Level

One of the most important things that you can do to ensure that your car engine lasts long is to check the oil level. The oil is what keeps your car running and without it you will not be able to drive even for 3 miles.  Most garages will check your oil at no extra charge or at minimal cost but you can also do it yourself on a regular basis. You do not have to worry because it is actually very easy to check the oil level in your car. Here are the steps you can follow when doing this.


What you will need

  • An old rag or some newspaper pieces
  • 0w-20 oil
  • Funnel

Check car oil How to Check Your Car’s Oil Level


1. Before checking the oil, move your car to a surface that is level so that the oil remains level enough so that you get an accurate reading on the dip stick.

Open the bonnet using the release catch under the dashboard on the passengers or driver’s side or squeeze the latch below the bonnet.

2. Warm your engine and then let it cool for 20 to 30 minutes so that the oil seeps back in the sump. This will ensure that the reading you get is more accurate. Remember to be careful because the components of the engine will be hot for a few more hours.

3. The next step is to find the dip stick which is a long bit of metal that sticks out of the car engine. It usually has a loop on its end and can be red or yellow in color. Some of them are labeled OIL and are at the front part of the engine.

4. Once you find the dipstick, put your finger through the loop and pull it out. Note the place you removed it from so that you can return it especially if it is your first time. Clean the dipstick with the rag or newspaper pieces to remove all the oil traces.

5. Once it is clean, put it back in the hole you removed it from.

6. Pull the dipstick out while making sure that it does not touch the engine or tube because this will affect the reading. Look at the top of the stick and on the edge, you will notice two lines which represent the maximum and minimum points. The ideal oil level should be between the two lines. If it is higher, this is not a problem as long as it does not rise above the maximum line. You will need to add some oil if the level is slightly lower. The dipstick should be put back in before you add the oil. Make sure you do not overfill the engine because it can get messy.

Some tips

If your car has been driven, leave it for about an hour for the engine and other parts to cool off before you check the oil level to avoid the risk of injury.

Checking your car’s oil level is not difficult. Just follow these easy steps.

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