Keeping up with the levels of your car’s oil is one of the simplest things you can do to ensure your car’s long-term health, so it’s very important to know how to check your engine oil.
Before you check your oil, make sure your car has been sitting for a while without being turned on. When your car is on, the oil heats up, which makes it expand, so oil readings are not accurate.
When you go to check your oil, the first thing you need to do is locate the dipstick. It should be easy to locate, as it will probably say “engine oil” or some other indicator. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it off on a clean cloth.
Next, insert the dipstick back into the pipe, then pull it back out to see how high the oil comes on the stick. There’s a spot on the dipstick that shows where the oil level should be, usually marked by two lines. If the oil is below the first line, you need to add oil. If it’s above the second line, your oil is full. If it’s between the lines, your levels are fine.