How to correctly check your oil-level – Many cars still require a manual oil check


(dtd). Whether it’s summer or winter – if you are driving with an insufficient amount of motor oil, you run the risk of severely damaging your engine. Modern cars automatically display when it is time to replenish oil. Owners of older vehicles, however, have to manually check the oil-level. Following is a tutorial on how to properly do that.

Engines need regular care and check-ups. If you take good care of your engine, you can use it longer. One of the most important aspects is to check the oil-level because  the engine does not work properly without a sufficient amount of oil. Careless drivers risk severe damage.  

However, it is not only the oil-level that is important. Texture and color are also of significant important. If you want to manually check whether everything is okay, you have to follow some important rules. First, the motor should be lukewarm. After a long trip, let it cool down for at least five minutes, or drive around the block if your car has been parked for a while.  

It is also important that your car is parked on flat ground so the liquid is not swashed in one direction, causing a false reading. Taking a look into your car’s manual tells you where the oil dipstick is located. Make sure you have paper towels readily available before checking the oil. They are usually available at every gas pump.  

First, slowly take out the oil dipstick and wipe it off. Then, carefully insert and take it out again. There are two markings at the lower end of the dipstick. The oil-level should be in-between those two markings, ideally in the middle of the two markings or higher. However, if it is closer to the lower marking, you should replenish it. Before doing that, however, take another look into the manual to ensure the oil you use has the right grade. If you use the wrong grade of oil, you risk damaging your engine.

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