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Q: How do I check the oil?

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How do I check the oil?

A: You should check your oil with frequency, i...

You should check your oil with frequency, including before and after any long trips. Checking your oil is very easy: 1. Park your car on a flat surface, and let the engine run for a few minutes. 2. Turn off the car, and let it cool for at least 10 minutes. 3. Open the hood. 4. Remove the engine oil dipstick, and wipe it off with a rag or paper towel. 5. Return the dipstick to the engine reservoir. 6. Remove the dipstick, and check the dipstick to see where the oil level lies between the minimum and maximum lines. 7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to make sure you have an accurate read.

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