Keeping your vehicle’s engine oil at the right level is critical for preserving the life of your engine. In addition, it’ll ensure your vehicle is able to run properly and smoothly. Regularly checking your oil level will help prevent major damages which are typically costly to repair. Oil is important because it acts as a lubricator for the major components of the engine to prevent them from wearing quickly. It also prevents dirt buildup and keeps the engine clean.
Here’s our guide on how to check your vehicle’s engine oil:
1. Turn off your engine
It’s recommended you park your car on a level spot. Turn of your engine and allow your vehicle to cool down for at least 2 minutes before checking the oil.
2. Locate your dipstick
Lift up your hood and secure it. Next, locate the engine gauge or dipstick. If you’re unsure, refer back to your owner’s manual.
In most vehicles, the dipstick is usually a bright yellow-coloured handle, labelled ‘Engine Oil’.
3. Pull out the dipstick
Carefully pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean with a towel. This will ensure the correct measurement.
Note: Be careful the oil does not drip onto your engine.
4. Insert the dipstick back in
Re-insert the dipstick back into the gauge; making sure it’s fully inserted.
5. Pull the dipstick back out
Now, pull the dipstick out again and check the oil level.
Note: Do not turn it upside down, otherwise the oil will run upward and you’ll have to restart.
6. Read/ inspect oil level
The oil level can be read by looking at the dipstick. You’ll see two lines (minimum and maximum) marked at the bottom of the stick. Your oil level should be between the minimum and maximum lines. If your oil level is below the bottom mark, you’ll need to add a liter of oil.
Destination Auto Group has 6 locations throughout Burnaby, Vancouver and North Vancouver. Visit your nearest Destination dealership to have your vehicle inspected by our certified service technicians for quality service you can trust. Contact us or visit us today:
1600 Marine Drive,
North Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 990-4364
4451 Still Creek Drive,
Service: (604) 571-4399
Service: (604) 874-6632
Service: (604) 292-8190
1595 Boundary Rd,
Service: (604) 291-9666
4780 Hastings Street,
Service: (604) 294-6632