Easy steps in checking engine oil

Checking the oil of your engine is important. But when checking it, you don’t have to be like a measuring stick. Anyone could check their engine oil like a professional mechanic by following simple steps.

Be sure to first warm up your engine if you’re planning to check your car’s oil. This is because when oil is hot, it expands and when it’s cold, it contracts. These differences in temperature will give different results so be sure to just check the oil when engine is warm. Also, be sure to park your car on a leveled surface. After that, turn off the engine.

Open up your car’s hood and look for the dipstick. This is the long piece of metal with a loop at one end that sticks out of the engine. You can usually find this close to the spark plugs. Just take out this dipstick and clean up the oil on the dipstick with a paper towel or rag. Replace the clean dipstick but be sure to push it all the way in for accuracy, then pull it back and hold it in front of you in a horizontal position.


Engine oil check


Observe the pointy end of the dipstick and check if the oil on it is below the line that’s marked “full.” When that is the case, add a small amount of oil, about less than a quarter of a quart, using a funnel. There are a lot of dipsticks that simply have two lines with a cross hatch design in between. The oil should be halfway between these lines.

Unscrew the oil filler cap tin order for you to add the oil. If there is a need for more, then add more oil. But be careful when adding oil as it is easy to fill it up but it’s rather difficult to remove it if you add just a little bit to much oil. Then, put the oil filler cap back on and there you have it, you have just successfully changed your oil!

Simple as though it may be and you might think that a lot of car owners already know this but you’d be surprised on how many car owners still go to repair shops or car shops to have their engine oils checked and other car parts. This must be done properly in order to create an accurate reading and for you to know exactly what to do if there’s too much or too little oil.

The oil lubricating system is a closed system as the oil does not get used up or does not go anywhere. If it is at an all-time low, there’s a great possibility for oil leaks to occur. These leaks always get worse and if the engine loses too much of it, auto parts will soon get damaged. You don’t want that to happen as repairs will cost way more than by simply properly checking your car’s engine oil.


6 Responses to Easy steps in checking engine oil

  1. JayP71 says:

    Are the kind of people who don’t know HOW to check oil likely to be reading this?

  2. autofrankie says:

    Well, you’ll never know. It maybe the easiest thing to do but hey, some of the more corporate types I know don’t even know how to change tires! This blog is the auto mechanic online for them.

  3. Nikia Jones says:

    my problem is with an older model ford granada, it runs oddly at times, but none the less like a scalded dog. It will idle, but if i give it gas, it begins to sound like a giant lawnmower or something. If i put it in drive and give it gas it’s worse, i have topump the gas pedal feverishly to make it anywhere and it reaks of burnt oil when this happens. Any suggestions?????????

  4. autofrankie says:

    Nikia, first I suggest to have a complete change oil service. Then if the noise is present still, it could very well be the engine that’s having problems…

  5. Joe Miskech says:

    My buddy and I have gone back and forth about checking engine oil warm or cold. How come every mechanic I’ve talked to says cold? Every owners manual I’ve read says cold? Are there thousands of vehicle’s engines being damaged as I write this? I am a courier for FedEx and when I joined 11 years ago we were told to check engine oil cold. Is there now scientific proof that a warm engine’s oil expands enough to compensate for the amount that’s not in the oil pan when a reading is taken? Answer me this please. I’m parked on a level surface and the engine is cold. I take a oil reading and the dip-stick is on the full mark. What is that telling me? Do I have too much oil or not enough? I’m not trying to be a pain, just a little confused…..Thanks.

  6. autofrankie says:

    engine, oil level should be at high mark on dipstick. Hot
    engine, oil level must be between high and low marks on
    dipstick (allow to set 5 minutes before checking).

    So it doesn’t really matter if its hot or cold. But preferrably and as what your manual says, better check oil when its cold.. This way measurement is less confusing as the oil is still.

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