Presentation on theme: "Ana Parise ENGL 393. Checking a car’s oil is essential to keeping it maintained properly. The purpose of checking the oil is to keep the car functioning."— Presentation transcript:
Checking a car’s oil is essential to keeping it maintained properly. The purpose of checking the oil is to keep the car functioning at an optimum level between regular oil changes. A car’s oil needs to be checked at least twice monthly.
Your vehicle Your vehicle’s owner’s manual Paper towels or rags If you find that the oil level is low: A quart of oil A funnel (to avoid spills)
Turn the engine off, place the car in park, and apply the emergency brake before lifting the car’s hood. If the car’s engine is warm, avoid touching metal parts to prevent burns. Do not touch the metal part of the dipstick with bare hands.
Park the car on level ground. This is important to ensure an accurate oil level reading. Note: Depending on the car’s make and model, a manufacturer may recommend checking the oil level when the engine is warm or when it is cold. Check your car’s owner’s manual for specific instructions.
Open the hood and make sure that the hood is affixed securely in its upright position.
Locate the dipstick, pull it out from the engine and wipe off any oil from the end.
Replace the dipstick. Make sure to reinsert it completely into the engine, and remove it once again.
Hold the dipstick horizontally to read the oil level. Note: Not all dipsticks are the same. Refer to your owner’s manual to ensure that you are reading the oil level properly.
If your car’s oil level is normal, replace the dipstick and close the hood. If your car’s oil level is low, proceed to step seven
If the oil level is low, then oil needs to be added. Check the owner’s manual to see what type of oil the manufacturer recommends. To add oil, you need to locate the oil filler cap. This is usually located near the top of the engine, and is marked with the following symbol:
Additional materials for this optional step include a quart of oil and a funnel.
Remove the oil filler cap and put the funnel into place. Add half of the quart of oil to start, and recheck the oil level.
If the oil level is within the normal range, replace the oil filler cap and close the hood. If the oil level is still too low, gradually add more oil, and check the level after each addition.
Once the oil level reaches the normal range, replace the oil filler cap and close the hood.