Easy Auto DIY: How to Check Your Own Oil

Owning your own vehicle can be a freeing experience, from sparing yourself from the tyranny of public transit schedules to opening up the Midwest’s highways to once-a-month weekend road trips. Learning simple ways to maintain and service your own vehicle can only increase your independence.

Here, we’ll teach you how to check your own oil and maximize your ride’s lifespan in just ten easy steps:

Learn how to check your own oil

  1. Check your owner’s manual to make sure your car has a dipstick. Some cars with electric oil monitors no longer have dipsticks.
  2. Park your car on level ground and make sure your engine is cool.
  3. Open your car’s hood and locate the dipstick.
  4. Remove the dipstick and wipe off all excess oil left on the end.
  5. Fully reinsert the dipstick.
  6. Pull the dipstick back out and check on both sides where the oil line is.
  7. Your dipstick will have two marks (sometimes a waffle-like pattern, sometimes two dots). Your oil line should be between those two marks.
  8. Your oil should be a dark brown or black in color.
  9. If the oil is below the minimum mark, it’s time to add oil.
  10. Wipe down the dipstick and replace it fully into the oil reservoir.

If you check your own oil and see that it’s time for an automotive check-up because of color or oil level, call Floyd Traylor Honda’s helpful service department today.

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