When to know it is time to Change your Oil
Ever forgotten when you had your last oil change, or wondered whether your automated service reminder was set correctly? Checking the status of your engine oil is simple, easy, and only takes a couple of minutes. Everyone should know how to check their engine oil as it is important for the longevity of your car. Here are step by step instructions to complete this quick task on your own.
- Make sure your car is parked and turned off on a level surface. This ensures that you will get an accurate reading.
- Once the engine is cool, open the hood and locate the dipstick (reference your car’s manual for a diagram).
- Pull the dipstick out from its compartment and wipe it off (there will be oil splashed up on the stick from the engine running).
- Now that your dipstick is clean, insert it back into the compartment completely.
- This time, when you pull out the stick, look at both sides to see where the oil line demarcation is. If the oil line is between the two marks on the dipstick, then your oil level is good. It is important to also pay attention to the color of the oil - if it shows up brown or black, then it is probably time for an oil change. If the oil shows up as a lighter amber color, then you still have some time before you require the service.
This simple process can help you add years to the life of your car by ensuring that your car’s oil is changed on schedule. Although some newer cars will alert you when it is time to service your vehicle, checking your own engine oil allows you to be sure that it is time for you to spend the money!