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How to Check Your Oil

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Oil is one of the most essential components of your car. It is like your car’s blood, and without it you can run into some very serious problems. Failure to make sure that you have enough oil in your car can lead to problems that can end up costing you a lot of money to get repaired. To avoid this, you want to make sure that you are checking your oil regularly, and putting more oil in if need be. If you are not sure how to check your oil, it is pretty simple.

First, make sure your car is in park. If you have just driven your car, give it some time to cool off before checking the oil. It is recommended that you wait at least 20 minutes before testing your oil to be safe and get an accurate result. Once you have your car in park and it has been sitting for a while, open up the front hood.

Underneath the hood of your car you will need to locate the dipstick. This is a long, slender piece of medal that slides into a small cylindrical tube. At the top of it, and most likely the only part you’ll be able to see at first, will be a rubber ring for you to grab on to. The dipstick is usually located near the engine, so search around for it. Once you have found it, slid it out of the tube completely. You will notice some oil on the bottom of it. You’ll want to wipe the stick clean with an old rag or paper towel so that you can get a good test.

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After you clean the stick, put it all the way back into the tube. Leave it there for a second or two, then pull it back out. Examine the bottom of the dipstick (the side furthest from the rubber ring) and look for some markers. There should either be two lines or two circles somewhere towards the bottom. The top one (the one closest to the rubber circle) is where the oil level should have reached. You can tell where the oil came up to by where it left a mark on your stick. If it is below the second marker, you will want to add some oil to your car. If it is below the lower marker, you need a lot more oil. Once you know how much oil you need, just slide the dipstick back in and you are done.

If you find that when you check your oil it is consistently low, you should have it looked at to see if you have an oil leak. These are not uncommon and it will save you the hassle from having to put oil in your car all of the time. Also be sure to get your oil changed regularly. Every 6 months or so you should go for an oil change to make sure that your car continues to run smoothly. Like we said, oil is a very important part to your car that should not be overlooked. The test only takes a minute or two, and it can end up saving you a lot of money in repairs by taking the time to do it.

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