Motor oil lubricates and cleans the engine of your car, and regularly checking the oil level will ensure that your engine runs well. You will get more miles out of an engine that is well-oiled and avoid the expensive repairs and cleaning that can result from driving with insufficient or dirty motor oil. Checking your oil should be done as often as possible. All engines have a dipstick, a metal rod that extends into the oil reservoir. With a moment’s preparation, reading the oil level from the dipstick is simple.

Step 1

Check your car’s owners’ manual to see whether the oil should be checked while the engine is hot or cold. If you can check the oil while cold, do so before starting the car. If it needs to be warm, check the oil after driving the car.