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How to check engine oil?

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Before you begin: 

  • The manufacturer's service manual will tell you how often you should check your engine's oil level, as well as what type of oil you should use. 
  • The vehicle's manual will show you where the oil gauge is on your engine.
  • Make sure the engine has been switched off for at least 2 minutes so that the oil is "resting" and at the bottom of the sump.
  • Check that your car is on a stable and horizontal surface in order to ensure that you get a good reading.
  • Get a cloth or a roll of paper towel
 
How to check the level: 
  • Open the engine’s bonnet and locate the engine oil gauge or dipstick (this is usually a brightly-coloured ring or hook).
  • Pull on this hook in order to remove the stem in its entirety. Then wipe it with the cloth and insert it back into the gauge.
  • Pull out the stem once again and look at where the mark left by the oil is. This is your engine's oil level. 
  • Your engine's oil level should be between the "minimum" and the "maximum" lines on the gauge.
  • If the level is below the "minimum" line, you must top up your oil immediately.
  • If you think that the level is too close to the "minimum" line, it is advisable to top up the oil.
 

Discover how to check your engine oil for your car by following this advice. Become an expert for the maintenance of your vehicle with the video below:

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