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

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: I have a 94 ford. The distributor was in the wrong spot. Where should the rotor face on the cap to signify cylinder number one?

Hi there. The distributor rotor should face the number one on the distributor with the number one cylinder on the compression stroke with both the rocker arms for the intake and exhaust valves shut. The back of the distributor has...

Q: How do I use driver shift control (DSC)?

Driver shift control (DSC) allows you to control the shifts in your automatic vehicle. This can make for a smoother ride and greater fuel efficiency, and is also more enjoyable for many drivers. You can use the DSC anytime that...

Q: How do I choose the fan speed on the touch screen?

If there is a touch screen in your vehicle, all of the functions that you need to access will be displayed there. You can control the temperature and air inside of the vehicle from here. To choose the fan speed...

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...