How to Check Your Engine Oil

Checking your car’s engine oil is a quick and easy maintenance step that every driver can learn how to do themselves. Even if you don’t know much about cars, this task can save you from headaches down the line. By checking your oil, you can determine whether it is time for an oil change or find out if there are any issues with your car. If your vehicle’s motor oil is low or dirty, it is time for you to have it serviced.

How to Check Your Engine Oil With Easy Steps!

  1. Find a Clean Rag or Paper Towel - More on this later. 
  2. Read Your Owner’s Manual - If you’re not familiar with everything under the hood, this is a great place to start. You can find how to open the hood of your car and the location of the oil dipstick in this book. 
  3. Make Sure Your Car is Off - The best time to check your oil is after you’ve taken it for a drive. Your engine should be turned off before you do anything. Make sure your vehicle is parked on flat, level ground.
  4. Pop the Hood - Pull the handle or switch inside your car to open the hood. Make sure it is open all the way.
  5. Locate the Dipstick - On many vehicles, the dipstick is yellow or orange on the left side of the engine. Pull on the O-shaped ring and a piece of metal should come out. 
  6. Clean the Dipstick - Using a rag or paper towel, clean off the liquid on the dipstick. You should not inspect the dipstick as it won’t be accurate.
  7. Reinsert the Dipstick
  8. Remove the Dipstick and Inspect - The first thing you should look for is the marked lines at the end of the dipstick. These will help you detect if your oil is running low. Next, you should look at the color of the oil. It should be amber or brown. If it is very dark and/or gritty, it may be time for you to get an oil change.

We hope these steps are clear and helpful for you to follow. Checking your oil isn’t as bad as it looks, is it? If your car is due for an oil change soon, please visit the certified mechanics at Ocala Auto Repair. We look forward to seeing you!

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