Reading Engine Oil Dipstick – What to Know

How to read your engine oil dipstick?

Checking to make sure that you’re topped off is important as it helps the engine to warm up and cool off, and more importantly as a lubricant to avoid friction between metals.

Your engine oil dipstick is normally located next to the engine, if you’re unsure, do refer to your owner’s manual. One thing to note is that there is also transmission oil, so make sure to check the right one.

Depending on your vehicle, the dipstick will usually have 2 markings at the end of the stick (can be either lines or holes). If you have more than 2 markings, the important ones are the top and bottom markings.

1. Retrieve and wipe the dipstick clean and reinsert it back into where you pull it off from.

2. Retrieve the dipstick again and this time check to see where the oil level is.
a. If it’s below the bottom line/markings, then you’ll need a top off (quart of oil/refer to manual, you don’t want to overfill).
b. If it’s in between the bottom marking and the top marking, then you’re fine.

It’s also a good time to determine if you need an oil change, the oil is suppose to look relatively clean, if it’s black and smudgy, then it’s time for a change.

Lastly, always check on level ground, last thing you want is to have a messy situation!

2017-06-20T09:58:46+00:00 Car Maintenance|