How To Check Your Oil Level

How do I check my engine oil level?

The oil in your engine is like the blood in your body: vitally important to keeping your vehicle running down the road smoothly. The oil is specially formulated to minimize wear, help keep the engine cool, and clean and lubricate the internal components of your motor. Checking your oil is an easy bit of maintenance that should be performed regularly, and our service professionals can provide this service quickly and have you back on the road in no time.

Step #1

Start with the car on level ground so that you can make sure you get an accurate reading. You will want a warm engine (check your owner's manual for your OEM recommendation), so if your vehicle is fully heated up, park it and let it stand until it has cooled down.

Step #2

Open the bonnet of your vehicle and locate the "dipstick". Usually the end of the stick will be adorned with a brightly colored pull handle. Remove the dipstick fully, and wipe all oil off of it. Then re-insert the dipstick falling into the engine, and remove it again.

Step #3

Visually inspect the level on the dipstick. Your dipstick will either have two holes, two notches, or an engraved mesh area. If the oil level is between the two points, then your oil level is good. If it is above the higher mark, you have too much oil in your vehicle and will need to remove some. If the reading is below the lower marking, you are low on oil and will need to add some.

Remember that you before you add oil, you should check the owner's manual or local dealer on the proper grade of oil to put into your engine. When adding oil, do so a little a time. Overfilling your oil can cause harm to other components of your vehicle, such as the catalytic converters. It is also a lot more work to remove the oil than to add it, so take your time and add slowly.

If you have questions or feel uncomfortable performing an oil change yourself, please give us a call at (888) 752-2074 or visit our repair center in Winchester, Virginia just off of Route 7! Schedule an appointment online if you need an oil change now! Our quick and efficient technicians will have you in and out in no time.