Check Your Oil Monthly – Here’s How

December 20th, 2017 by

 

Do you know that you should be checking your oil at least once a month? Yeah, you should be! Not only does your oil serve as the lifeblood of your vehicle, but it’s a great diagnostic tool to use for making sure that everything is working the way it should be. Here’s how to check your oil, from start to finish:

  • Open the hood. Prop it so it stays open.

  • Locate the oil dipstick next to the engine. It should have a yellow handle and/or be labeled.

  • Pull out the dipstick and wipe it on a clean cloth or paper towel.

  • Dip the stick all the way back in.

  • Pull it out again and look at the oil level. If it’s in the middle of the hatched/indicated area, you’re good. More is better, less is okay, but if you’re lower than the area you need to get your oil topped up and have your system checked for leaks.

  • Look at the oil quality and color. If there are a lot of particles or if the oil looks sludgy, you need to get it changed as soon as possible.

  • Put the dipstick back in.

  • Close your hood.

 

And… well. That’s it! Remember to check that oil monthly between oil changes and you should be good to go!

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