How to check your car's oil level correctly

Jitendra Bothra
Est. Reading Time 2 mins

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.  

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