Q: How do I check the level of the oil?

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How do I check the level of the oil?

You should check your engine oil periodically, to be sure that you have a sufficient level. It is especially important to check your oil at the beginning and end of long drives. Checking your oil is easy:

  1. Park your car on a flat surface.

  2. Let the engine cool for at least five minutes if it was warm, or longer if it was hot.

  3. Lift the hood.

  4. Locate the dipstick, and pull it out fully.

  5. Wipe the dipstick on a rag until it is clean.

  6. Reinsert the dipstick all the way.

  7. Remove the dipstick again.

  8. Examine where the oil level is on the dipstick. The dot nearest the end of the dipstick is the minimum line, while the dot farthest from the end is the maximum line.

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