Oil is the life force that powers your car. It lubricates, cleans, and cools the many moving parts as they rotate repeatedly every minute. It reduces wear on engine components and ensures everything works efficiently at controlled temperatures.
It protects your engine and prevents it from breaking down. It’s important to monitor oil level to protect yourself against unexpected breakdowns and improve your car’s performance.
How to check your Oil Level using a Dipstick
- Step 1: Park on an even surface
Park your car on a level surface to ensure an accurate reading and wait for the engine to cool down a little. In newer models, the hood release is often inside the vehicle, push it till you hear the hood pop open up. The hood will open a little, but it will probably be stopped by the safety catch. Release the catch and lift the hood up all the way.
- Step 2: Locate your dipstick
The dipstick is usually located at the top of your oil tank and is identifiable by a bright yellow ring. Pull it out and wipe it off with a rag or paper towel.
- Step 3: Dip it in to check oil levels
Slowly insert the dipstick into the tube and push it all the way down. Pull it out and examine the tip, which should be covered in oil.
- Step 4: Reading your oil levels
There are two markings on your dipstick. One indicates that there is little oil left in your tank, and the other marks where your tank is full. Here’s a handy guide:
Checking your vehicle's oil level is a simple task that only takes a few minutes. When you know how to inspect your engine's oil, you will be able to ensure that it is lubricated properly.