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How Do You Check Your Car Engine Oil Level?

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New car owners often asks how to check my engine oil level? Well, checking of engine oil level is indicated on the car user manual. It is a must to regularly check the oil level in car especially every time before the car is use. It may result to car break down if there is not much engine oil presence in the engine.


Do you check the oil when the engine is hot or cold?

Oil level must be check when the engine is cold before the engine is started.

How do you check the engine oil level?
Its easy, all you have to do is follow the following simple steps.

Step 1. Start the car and let it run until the engine reaches the operating temperature.

Step 2. Turn off the car and wait for a few minutes for the oil to drain back into the oil pan. After a few minutes remove the dipstick and wipe it clean, then re-insert.

Step 3. Remove the dipstick again and check the oil level, it should be between the “H” and “L” marks or between the cutout edges. If the oil level is below the “L” mark/low level, remove the oil filler cap and pour recommended oil through the opening. Do not over refill.

Step 4. Check again the oil level with dipstick. The normal range of the engine must be within the required value set as illustrated below.

Do not overfill the engine with oil. What will happen if the engine is over filled with oil?
When the engine is overfilled with oil it will stirred on the oil pan and it will creates bubbles. The bubbles will spilled over from the oil level gauge and the pump cannot suck enough oil that will cause the engine to seized up.

Operating with insufficient amount of oil will damage the engine, if such damage occurs it is not covered by warranty that is why it is necessary to checked the engine oil regularly.

Also, during break-in period or between oil maintenance intervals, it is normal to add some oil depending on the severity of operating conditions.

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