5 Tips to Check Your Oil

Oil keeps your vehicle’s engine running smoothly by reducing the friction. Proper oil levels will help you get a smoother running engine. Check it regularly, as often as once a month, to prevent future problems.

Here’s how to do it on most cars:

  1. Check in the morning when oil has completely drained from the engine.
  2. Lift your hood. Locate the dipstick. (Unscrew it, if necessary.) Have wiping towel ready. Pull dipstick out.
  3. Wipe the dipstick clean and familiarize yourself with the markings. There should be two marks; one for minimum and one for maximum oil levels.
  4. Completely reinsert the entire dipstick so you get a good reading.
  5. Pull out the dipstick a second time. Compare the oil level to the marks. The oil level should be at or near the maximum oil mark. If the oil level is near or below the minimum oil mark, schedule and oil change.

If smells like gasoline, it should be changed. But, just because oil looks dirty doesn’t mean it’s not doing the trick. Here’s how to know if it needs to be replaced. Rub a little between your thumb and index finger, and if it leaves a dirty smudge, it probably needs to be changed.

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