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

asked by on January 11, 2016

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.

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


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $65/hr

What others are asking

'91 Corolla making rapid rattling sound under hood. Is something loose?

There are many components that can cause rattling, ranging from the exhaust system to accessory drives and pulleys to even certain internal engine malfunctions or a loose/faulty torque converter or flex plate. In addition, there can be multiple (coincident) causes....

When I start my car the RPM needle shoots up to 3 how come it's kinda freaking me out.

You may be having trouble with your Throttle motor. The throttle is supposed to open up for a fast idle when you start, but not that fast. Then when the car warms up, it's the throttle motor's job to regulate...

What does it mean if the Low Tire Pressure light comes on in the dash?

Your car’s tire pressure monitoring system is designed to track the pressure in all four tires and alert you if one (or more) of them drops below the safe threshold. If the Low Tire Pressure light in the dash comes...

What does it mean if the Seat Belt Light comes on in the dash?

The only lifesaving devices your car includes are your seat belts. Even the air bags aren’t considered “lifesaving” by the US government. If the Seat Belt Light in the dash is on, it could indicate a couple of different things:...

How do I change the ringtone volume?

The volume of the ringtone on an incoming phone call can be changed very easily. To do so, follow these steps: Press the Setup button. Press phone, phone sound settings, ring tone choose ring tone volume. Then adjust volume...

No sound from speakers but the dash panel works

Hi, thanks for writing in. This is likely an issue with the audio control module which controls the output to speakers and any pre-amp controls. I recommend having one of our certified automotive technicians from YourMechanic come to your home...

Noisy engine, power loss, delay in braking

Check for proper oil level to be sure the engine has adequate lubrication. There is a recall for a fuel supply system problem (clogged fuel system vent) that MAY be an issue here (Recall 14V464000). Check with your Suzuki dealer...

What conditions determine whether a door can be locked or unlocked?

Locking and unlocking your doors is as simple as using the remote, the electronic key or the mechanical key. However, there are a few things that you should know so you’re not taken by surprise when they happen: You...

How do I vent the sunroof?

You can add extra fresh air to your vehicle by venting the sunroof. Venting the sunroof tilts the sunroof open, which allows air to enter the car. The venting is controlled by the power sunroof switches on the overhead console....

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Infiniti EX
If If you’re in search of sport meets practicality, the EX may just be your perfect match. With the sedan-like driving of its G37 sibling combined with utility functionality and plenty of power under the hood, this is one SUV...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d
The The 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d offer contour seats and smooth acceleration. The suspension offers a smooth ride to the driver and passengers in the vehicle, even for long road trips. It can handle tight curves without any problem while...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport
The The 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport is a brand new vehicle and is an eco-conscious crossover SUV for the environmentally friend consumer. It comes standard with many features, but also has many available options so it can suit any buyer’s...