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How to Check your Oil

If you're not quite sure if your vehicle is in need of an oil change or if you simply want to see how your engine's oil is,
listed below are 10 simple steps on how to check it:

1. Turn off your engine
2. Open the hood of your car
3. Find the dipstick: This measurement device can be located near the engine.
4. Pull the dipstick out from the engine and wipe off any oil from its end
5. Insert the dipstick and push it all the way back into its tube
6. Pull the dipstick out once more
7. Look at both sides to see where the level of the oil is: Every dipstick has an indication of where your oil should be at whether it's two pinholes, the letters L and H (low and high) or the words MIN and MAX. If it's in between its indication, the level is fine. If it's below, you need to add oil.
8. Check the colour of the oil: If the colour of the oil is brown or black, that's normal. If the colour is light and has a milky appearance, this could mean the coolant is leaking into the engine.
9. Add oil (if needed): Remove the oil filler cap located on top of the engine and a little bit of oil (half a quart). Check the dipstick again and if it's still low, add the rest of the quart.

10. Screw the oil filler cap back on and you're done

*Note: never skip an oil change when required. Seek professional assistance to prevent damage to your engine.