July 10th, 2017 by

For many drivers, checking the engine oil is something they never do – until it’s too late. Without an experienced (some might say old-school) driver there to inform you about engine oil checks, though, you can make some huge mistakes. It’s easy to forget about checking this, but the motor oil in your engine is the life essence of your engine. Without oil, it simply will not run at the levels it could or should.

So, what you should be looking to do on a regular basis is check your car engine oil. It’s not as hard as it sounds, and doing so can prevent problems like a clogged engine, poor mobility for moving parts and reducing the threat of wear and tear on your engine.

Thankfully, checking your car engine oil is very easy, very affordable and takes a matter of seconds. All you need to have on you is a paper towel, the manual for your car (PDF or otherwise) and some oil. No, not olive oil!

Managing the Oil Change.

Check the manual for your car and under a particular section (changes with very manufacturer) you should find some details about recommendations. Some use electric oil monitors, and therefore won’t have a dipstick for inspection as an old-school motor might have.

Ensure you have parked up on level ground, and that your engine is nice and cold before you start. If your manual says to do it with a warm engine, though, then do so and just be careful about the heat.

Prop up the hood and find the dipstick – take the stick out, and then wipe off any excess oil that is covering it. Then, insert it into the tubing and gently push it back in. Afterward, pull it back out and take a closer look at the product – is it covered in oil?

Usually you’ll be looking for a symbol such as L or H -Low or High – to determine engine oil levels. If it’s at the top of the stick and between the two marks, then you have enough oil and you are fine. If it’s below the minimum mark, you need to top up. If you are somehow over the mark, then you need to get some of that oil out.

Adding oil is rather simple, too: you need to check the designation found in the manual of the car, and then invest in the right level of oil. Add it in by taking off the filter cap at the top of the engine, and add in small amounts at a time. Use a funnel to avoid spillage or over-filing. Then, wait a moment and check the dipstick again and check accordingly. Keep adding slowly and, when it’s at the right level, fit the cap back on and off you go!

Also, be sure to look at the engine oil color. Anything outside of a brown or a black color means that something – likely coolant – is mixing with it. Also, have a look around for any little shards of metal floating around, indicating engine damage that is far more serious. If you spot any of the above problems, then you absolutely need to go and see a mechanic.

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