Engine oil in most new automobiles is designed to last for at least 10,000 kilometers before it needs to be changed. However, due to congestion and slower speeds, an engine will run for longer periods of time, which can lead to increased oil consumption, especially in older vehicles. Damage to the engine's moving parts can result from an inadequate amount of oil. As a result, the vehicle may eventually break down entirely, at which point you can sell your vehicle to us at CARS24. I kid, I kid! It's not the end of the world if your engine oil is low, but you should still check it once every few weeks. Learn the proper way to inspect your car's oil level below:

Allow the engine to cool down first.

The engine should never be started with the oil level checked. After ten minutes of rest, the oil in the engine will have drained down to the oil pan. In addition, this aids in reducing the oil's temperature. Check your owner's manual for specific instructions, as certain vehicles' oil levels shouldn't be checked with the engine cold.

Don't forget to park on flat ground.

Ensure that the vehicle is parked on a flat surface. If you want to see the correct oil level, you should avoid driving on a ramp or an uneven section of the road.

Get the yellow dipstick out of the engine.

Pop the hood and locate the yellow dipstick cover, which is often located in the middle of the engine bay. Take the dipstick out and clean it with a soft cloth. Be careful that the cloth doesn't have any dirt, dampness, or grime on it, as these can damage the engine.

Replace it and then remove it to see the oil stain

After it's been cleaned, put the dipstick back in its entirety. To remove it, please wait a moment. Take note of the oil indicator; ideally, it should fall somewhere in the middle of the minimum and maximum ranges. Low and high (L/H) or minimum and maximum (Min/Max) markings are commonplace on the dipstick.

Do add more oil to the engine if the level becomes too low. Avoid damaging the engine by using a lower quality of oil than what it calls for. Never add more oil than is specified.

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Add more motor oil and go through the procedure again.

The oil filler cap is situated next to the dipstick cap, making it convenient for frequent oil changes. When adding oil, be careful not to spill any on the engine itself or nearby components. Due to its high viscosity, the oil needs time to settle before being measured again.

Every few weeks or before a lengthy trip, it's a good idea to take a quick look at the oil level. This preventative procedure, however, can spare you the expense of repairing a severely damaged engine.