Do you ever wonder if you should check your oil but don’t really know where to begin or if it’s even necessary? It’s recommended that you check your oil once a month and  not all that hard. It’s something everyone should know how to do along with changing a tire (in my opinion) but we’ll leave that for another post.  So here it goes,  an easy to follow guide that anyone can understand.

Step 1.) Locate the oil cap and remove it: While the car is cool (preferably in the morning before the car has been driven) and on level ground.  It should look something like this:oil-dipstick-location

Or this:

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2.)Pull the dipstick out and wipe it off:Checking the engine oil level

3.)Re-insert the dip stick back into the pipe and then pull it out.  Observe the oil film at the end of the stick and determine the oil level.

dipstick-blog-how-to-change-your-oil

Now I don’t know about you but I don’t know about the area in the middle.  And how low is “low”?  So I found this neat little info graphic to clear the confusion:

how-to-read-a-dipstick-engine-oil

Wasn’t that easy?  Don’t forget to share this post if you found it useful and feel free to comment and add suggestions if you have them.

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