How To Check The Oil In Your Car

How To Check The Oil In Your Car

filling oil in carNo matter the kind of car you have or how frequently you get it serviced, checking the oil weekly is a vital part of maintaining it. Checking your oil weekly means that if you start having to refill it frequently, you’ll know there’s a problem. Knowing this means you can get the problem fixed sooner, rather than waiting until there’s a major problem.

Do you know how to check and fill your oil? Yes? Good on you! No? Not to worry, the team at Sully’s Auto are here to help you out! We have outlined the steps below and kept it as straightforward as possible.

What you need:

  • A clean cloth
  • A motor oil that is compatible with your car engine. If you are unsure, places like Supercheap Auto have reference guides for you to look up your car and choose the correct oil.
  • a funnel for pouring oil into the inlet. This saves spillage.

Once you have all the items you need, follow the steps below.

  1. Make sure your car’s engine is cool. Checking the oil when the engine is hot and the oil is more viscous (thin) might make the level appear lower than it actually is. Locate the oil dipstick under your bonnect. Check your manual if you are unsure of its location.
  2. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it off with the cloth until it is clean.
  3. Reinsert the dipstick all the way and pull out again
  4. Check the oil level at the very tip of the stick. If it’s at full, you can leave it. If it’s half-full or less, then it’s time for a top up!
  5. Put the funnel into the dipstick inlet, and top up with oil. They don’t hold very much, maybe a litre, so be careful not to overfill.
  6. Remove funnel and let oil settle
  7. Check dipstick again.

Make a note of the date you check the oil, and do it again a week later. If it has gone down considerably in that week, you probably have a leak somewhere that needs attention!

We hope this will assist you in checking your car for potential problems!


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