Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do I check the engine oil?

asked by on

How do I check the engine oil?

Checking the engine oil is essential to maintain safe engine operation and longevity. Bad oil can give your engine problems. To check the oil.

  1. Ensure the vehicle is on a level surface and has been sitting for at least 20 minutes.

  2. Open the hood and locate the “engine oil” dipstick.

  3. Pull out the dipstick and wipe clean with a lint free rag.

  4. Re-insert dipstick and remove once more.

  5. The oil level should be between the “MIN” and “MAX” mark on the dipstick.

  6. If it is do not add any oil.

  7. If it is below the MIN mark remove the oil filler cap and fill in ¼ quart increments until oil level has reached operating range.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Truck won't start

Check to see if the theft light is illuminated on your dash. If the the anti-theft light is indeed engaged it will need to be checked. If the light is off then try to move the shifter to neutral and...

Q: Oil drain bolt leaking

Hi there. Unfortunately, these things do happen as the oil drain plug is removed and installed many times during the life a vehicle. Was there a drain plug gasket on the drain plug you installed? If not, this will definitely...

Q: AC not working

While there could be a variety of different reasons as to why your air conditioner is not blowing cold in your Mustang as it should be, the most common problem is low refrigerant. Unfortunately just topping off the radiator with...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.