Checking the Oil:
Before you begin to check your oil level, first ensure that your car is parked on a level area. It’s more accurate to check the oil in a car whose engine is cold, and safer from burning yourself as well. (Though some car manufacturers recommend checking the oil on a warm engine, check your owners manual or with the manufacturer before checking on a cold engine.) Open the hood of the car and locate the oil dipstick. With a cloth or napkin, wipe the dipstick clean. After it is cleaned, replace the dipstick completely into the engine and once again remove the dipstick. Look at both sides of the end o the dipstick. There will be markings on the bottom end of the dipstick that will tell you how much motor oil is on the engine or if you need to add more. Remember to check your motor oil often as this is a very crucial fluid for appropriate performance and critical to your car care routine and will help you to avoid car repair expenses later.
Adding More Oil:
Oil comes in a variety of ‘grades’. Check the owners’ manual to know the appropriate oil grade for your car’s engine. If you are unable to locate this information, your local car repair and parts shop can assist. The experts there can let you know the grade and weight of oil you need and sell you the amount you need as well. Once you have the appropriate oil for your car, remove the oil filter cap, which is typically found at the top of the engine. Use of a funnel will help you to avoid spilling the oil. It is recommended that you only add ¼ to ½ of a quart of oil at a time. Wait for a few minutes and then recheck the oil level once again. Add more oil as needed, be careful not to overfill as this can cause damage to your car’s engine. Also when checking your oil, you should check the color. Dark brown or black is normal colors for motor oil. But if your oil appears whitish or lighter color, this could be a warning that coolant or antifreeze is leaking into the oil or if any water is noticeable you should have your car towed (not driven) to a repair shop for professional repair and analysis. If you notice the color is fine and the level is fine, then you can replace the oil filter cap and consider your oil check for your car care complete.