How to Check Engine Oil Level

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Make sure you have enough oil in your car. Learn how to check and fill the fluids on the engine of your vehicle in this free video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Check Car Fluids
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Hi! This is John. In this video clip, I will be showing you how to check your engine oil level. When you take a look at your engine in locating the engine oil dipstick, typically what I like to do is take the center of the engine and look straight down and there will be a couple of different ones that I see here. The engine oil one a lot of times is yellow or it will say engine oil on it and you can go ahead and just pull that out. As you take a look at how much oil you have, you will notice that there is a full mark and on this dipstick there is a cross-hatch pattern with another mark at the end. My oil level shows me that it is about half-way between the cross-hatch pattern, which means I am a little bit low on oil so I probably want to put in about a half a quart, test it again and if it is still a little bit low, I can put the remaining amount of the quart in. You want to make sure never to exceed that full line though.

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