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  • 1 Locate a rag or a scrap of old fabric to use when checking your oil. An old t-shirt usually works great.
  • 2 Check out your owner’s manual. If you are extremely unfamiliar with what is under the hood of your vehicle, you will find a detailed description of where your dip stick is located in your owner’s manual.
  • 3 It is best to check your oil while it is warm. A great time to check you oil is after a quick trip to a local market or around your neighborhood.
  • 4 Make sure that you turn your vehicle off before you begin the process of check its oil.
  • 5 Pop the hood. Pull the handle located on the inside of your vehicle, usually on the side of the driver side door, and the press the lever located underneath the center of the hood. Make sure that the hood of your car is securely propped. There’s no point in feeling embarrassed if you do not know how to open your hood. Check this short video for a clue: 6 Locate the dip stick. On most models, the dip stick is located on the left side of the engine. The dip stick usually has a yellow or orange circular handle that is clearly visible. When you pull this handle, a long piece of metal will slide out of the engine. dip stick
  • The cap of the dip stick will usually be yellow
  • 7 Once you locate and remove the dip stick, clean it with your rag and slide it back in. Make sure that the dip stick is inserted all the way back in.
  • 8 Next, remove the dip stick once more. Look at the end of the dip stick. Some models will have a line marked “full” while others will have a textured area that represents the capacity of the oil pan. The oil will appear amber in color. It should be fairly easy to discern the oil level by looking at the dip stick. gritty oil
  • The low level of oil, as in the picture, will lead to serious engine damage
  • 9 If the dip stick indicates that the oil level is normal, re-insert it.
  • 10 If the dip stick indicates that the oil level is low, touch the end of the dip stick with two fingers and feel of the texture of the oil. If the oil is clean, you can add new oil using a funnel. If the oil is gritty, it is necessary to have your oil changed as soon as possible.

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