How to Check Your Oil in Less than Five Minutes

Without enough clean oil, your vehicle’s engine can quickly degrade. But how can you know when the time has come for an oil change? Many modern vehicles come with an electronic “oil life” monitor, but knowing how to manually check your car’s oil health is an important skill for any car owner to possess—especially because it’s so simple!


To check your oil, follow these simple steps:

  • Park on level ground.
  • Let your engine cool a few minutes if the car has been running.
  • Lift the hood.
  • Find the oil reservoir and dipstick.
  • Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag or cloth.
  • Reinsert the dipstick; be sure to push it all the way in.
  • Remove the dipstick once again.
  • Look at the end of the dipstick and look at the oil smear. Every car dipstick has a specific marker that indicates the ideal oil level, usually marked by small holes, the letters “L” or “H” (for “Low” and “High”), “Min” or “Max,” or hash marks across the stick.
  • If your oil level is below the indicated marker, it’s time for an oil change.


If you need an oil change, schedule an appointment with Randall Noe Used Cars’ service department today. And if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, we’ll be happy to check your oil for you too!

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