Ideally, you should check your oil weekly but we realize most drivers won’t do this (especially in the freezing cold of the winter). If you can, it’s a good idea to take a look at your fluid levels once a month, especially if you have a long commute or travel frequently. Here’s how to check your oil level:
How to Check Your Oil Level
- Make sure your car is on a level surface. Stop the engine and wait a few minutes for the oil to settle ait as the engine cools down.
- Locate your dipstick, usually found on the top of your oil tank. Typically, your dipstick has a bright yellow ring.
- Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Return it to the oil tank, making sure it’s fully inserted into the tank, and take it out a second time.
- Working quickly, check the level of the oil as indicated on the dipstick. There will be two marks on the dipstick showing the optimum level that your oil should be at. Your oil level should be between the two.
Too Low Or Too High
If your oil level is below the bottom line, or if there isn’t any oil on the dipstick at all, that’s a big problem. You should immediately top off your engine oil and come in for an inspection.
If your oil level is above the line, the reservoir is overfilled. An extra half quart may not cause any damage but much more than that could lead to significant damage. When too much oil is poured into the reservoir, the excess can be pulled into the crankshaft as it spins.
At V&F, we provide our customers with a well-rounded knowledge of all things automotive. Our family-owned and operated service center provides top-quality auto repair services to Agawam, Feeding Hills, Southwick, West Springfield, and the surrounding Massachusetts communities. If your car needs maintenance or repair, give us a call at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.