How Do I Check My Car’s Engine Oil?

Auto mechanic checking oil level on dipstick with cloth

Your engine’s lifeblood is its oil. You should always make sure your vehicle has enough oil to protect all the engine’s internal moving parts, whether you’re sticking to the streets of West Hollywood or heading far from Los Angeles and North Hollywood.

Steps to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Newer vehicles have electronic oil monitors that don’t use traditional dipsticks, but older models may not. Regardless, always start a vehicle inspection by consulting your owner’s manual for recommendations on your specific Toyota model.

To manually check your oil, follow these steps:

  1. Park the vehicle on level ground
  2. Make sure the engine is turned off and cool
  3. Open the car’s hood and locate the dipstick
  4. Pull out the dipstick and wipe oil from the end of it
  5. Put the dipstick all the way back into the tube
  6. Pull it out again, and inspect both sides of it see where the level is

Your dipstick might be different from others, but it will have some way of indicating where the proper oil level if. If you see that the top of your oil streak is between two marks or within a crosshatched area, the level is good. If it isn’t there, you’ll probably need to add more oil.

Again, check your owner’s manual to see what oil grade the manufacturer recommends. Then, remove the oil filler cap, and add oil a little at a time until the dipstick indicates you’ve reached the proper level.


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