If you’re like most people you probably don’t give much thought to your car’s oil until there’s a problem. But did you know that checking your oil level regularly is one of the most important things you can do to keep your car running smoothly?
Most cars will have a warning light on the dashboard that comes on when the oil level is low but it’s always best to check it yourself to be sure. Here’s how:
First find the dipstick. On most cars it will be located near the front of the engine on the side that’s closest to the ground. Once you’ve found it pull it out and wipe it clean with a rag.
Then insert the dipstick back into the engine and pull it out again. You’ll want to look at the oil level on the dipstick and compare it to the “full” line. If the oil level is below the “full” line then your car is low on oil and needs to be topped off.
It’s important to check your oil level regularly as running low on oil can cause serious damage to your engine. If you’re not sure how often to check it consult your car’s owner’s manual or ask your mechanic.
What are the symptoms of a car with low oil?
The car may produce strange noises the engine may seize or the oil light may come on.