Did you know you should check your car’s oil at least once a month? Regularly monitoring and changing your oil will reduce the friction in your engine and keep it running smoothly for years to come. If you’ve never done it, you may not know what you’re looking at or looking for. With that in mind, we put together this handy dandy Verti CarHack video about how to check your engine oil.
First, check your owner's manual and follow the recommendations. Some newer cars have electronic oil monitors and don't have traditional dipsticks to check the oil manually.
If checking the oil yourself, make sure the car is parked on level ground and with most cars, the engine should be cold so you don’t burn yourself on a hot engine part.
With the engine off, open the car’s hood and find the dipstick. Pull the dipstick out from the engine and wipe any oil off from its end. Then insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube and pull it out again.
Look at both sides of the dipstick to see where the oil is on the end. Every dipstick has some way of indicating the proper oil level. If the top of the oil “streak” is between the two marks or within the crosshatched area, the level is fine. But if the oil is below the minimum mark, you need to add some oil or go see a mechanic ASAP.
If everything’s okay, wipe off the dipstick again and insert it back into its tube, making sure it’s fully seated. Close the hood and you’re done!