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Q: How do I check the engine oil level?

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How do I check the engine oil level?

A: Checking the oil level is an essential part...

Checking the oil level is an essential part of owning a vehicle. You should check the oil levels with regularity, especially before and after long trips. Checking the oil is easy: 1. Park the car on a flat surface, and run the engine for a few minutes. 2. Turn off the engine and wait at least 10 minutes. 3. Open the hood. 4. Remove the dipstick, and wipe it off with a clean rag. 5. Reinsert the dipstick into the oil reservoir. 6. Remove the dipstick again, and check to make sure that the oil line is between the minimum and maximum levels.

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