How to Check Your Oil Level and Quality

by Admin October 18, 2011

At The Tire Choice we really can’t express enough the importance of oil. Of all the fluids your car requires, oil would be the closest thing to a “lifeblood” for your vehicle. Naturally, oil changes and maintenance are important. Luckily, checking your oil levels and oil quality is a quick and easy task if you have a rag handy.

•    When you pop the hood of your car, locate the dipstick. The dipstick inserts directly into your engine’s oil reservoir and is used to check the oil. It’s usually a rounded cap with an easy grip ring on the top. It’s likely orange in color and/or marked “oil” or “OEL” for German or other European models.

•    Remove the dipstick and wipe all of the oil off it with your rag. Then, reinsert the dipstick, and remove it again. Do not turn the dipstick upside-down when removing it.

•    Now, look closely at the end of the dipstick. You will see marks that indicate the level of oil in the engine. If the oil on the dipstick is below the marking, you will need to add more oil to your engine. Never add more than one quart of oil at a time – overfilling your engine with oil can get very messy, very quickly.

•    Use your rag to wipe the dipstick again and look at the oil stain it leaves. Is it pitch black, gritty, or full of chunks and debris? If so, you may be due for an oil change

And with that, you’ve confirmed your oil levels and quality – all in about two minutes! If you need a full service oil change, The Tire Choice offers a number of oil change packages to suit your needs and budget.

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