Close up of a yellow dipstick in the engine of a car

How to Check the Oil Level in your Car

Step by Step Guide on Checking Your Oil

Is your vehicle leaking oil? Haven’t had an oil change in a while? Worried that your oil level might be running dry? Thankfully, checking your oil is very easy to do at home! Here is our step by step guide on how to check the oil level in your car.

7 Easy Steps to Check Your Engine Oil

Close up of the dipstick with oil on it
  1. Park your vehicle on a level surface and allow the engine to cool.
  2. After cooling, pop the hood and find the dipstick above the oil tank. The dipstick is usually yellow or orange in color and is circular.
  3. Pull out the dipstick, which is a long piece of metal that will be coated with oil. Wipe the oil off with a paper towel.
  4. Insert the dipstick back into the oil tank.
  5. Remove the dipstick once more and check where the oil ends. There should be marks on the end of the dipstick. If the oil is on or below the bottom marker, your engine needs oil. If it is above, you are still at a normal oil level.
  6. Check the color of the oil. Clean oil is an amber color and will get darker as it gets dirtier. If you notice that your oil is black or near-black, it’s time for an oil change.
  7. Clean the dipstick and reinsert it into the oil tank where you found it. Then, carefully pull the hood down once you are done.

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