How to check the engine oil
- Place your car at the level spot. Stop the engine. Wait for a while to let the engine oil to pour down to the oil pan. Pull the engine oil dipstick. If you do not know where is the engine oil dipstick, check your owner's manual, usually it has a bright handle saying "engine oil"
- Wipe it off with a clean rag or tissue. Then insert it back all the way down into its place.
- Now, pull the dipstick again and check the oil level. Normally it should be at "FULL" mark. Check the oil condition: If it is way too black, it is definitely time to change it. If it is slightly-brown, it is O.K. If it is dark-brown, but still transparent, it is admissible but it is better to change it soon.
If the oil is white (coffee with milk color) it means the engine coolant mixes with the engine oil because of some internal engine problem, for example, blown head gasket - have your car inspected.
- How to top up the engine oil:
It would be better to add the same type and brand of the engine oil as you already have in the engine. Add a little amount of the oil. Wait for a minute or two to let the oil to pour down. Check the oil level again with the dipstick. If still low, add some more. But do not overfill it. Do not forget to install the dipstick back and close the oil filler cap when you finished.
Simple Maintenance Tips
*** Note, the information contained in this guide is for educational purposes only and cannot substitute for the advice of professional mechanic or authorized dealer. Different cars have different requirements; for information specific to your car consult your owner's manual or call Speedline Auto & Tire (773) 878 3000 . Don't attempt to service your car if you don't have proper knowledge and tools, you can be injured and your vehicle could be damaged. Take your car to Speedline Auto & Tire 5250 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60625 or an authorized dealer/repair shop near you.