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How to check the oil level in a car's engine


You do not need to be a professional to read the oil level. Here you will learn how to do it like a professional!


Difficulty level: Easy

Step 1

We check the oil when the engine is lukewarm. Oil expands when it is hot and contracts when it is cold. Different temperatures produce different readings.

Step 2
We park the car on a flat and level surface.

Step 3
We turn the ignition off.

Step 4
We press the bonnet lever under the instrument panel.

Step 5
We press the bonnet catch.

Step 6
We find the oil dipstick, which has a round grip and is usually near the sparks.

Step 7
We take out the dipstick pulling it from the grip.

Step 8
We wipe the dipstick with a paper tissue or a cloth.

Step 9
We reinsert the clean dipstick and then we remove it out holding horizontally in front of us.

Step 10
We look at the end of the dipstick. If oil is below the mark full, using a funnel, we add a small quantity of oil (less than a litre). Many dipsticks have two lines with some space between them. The oil level should be between these two lines.

Step 11
We unscrew the oil filler cap, which is about 8 cm in diameter, has the sign of oil on its top and is situated on the top of the engine. We add oil.

Step 12
We check the oil level again. If necessary, we add a little more oil. Remember: It is much easier to add oil than take it out, if we have put excessive oil.

Step 13
We put the cap in its place and screw it tightly.

Advice and warnings
  • The owner’s manual explains the type of oil we should use for the engine.
  • We take care to have two litres of oil in the car.
  • The lubrication system is closed, so if the oil level is constantly low, then there must be a leak somewhere. Leaks always get worse and oil loss may lead to costly repairs or even replacement of the engine.
What we need
  • 1 litre of oil
  • A paper towel
  • A cloth