How to check the engine oil

  1. Place your car at a level spot. Stop the engine. Wait  for a while to let the engine oil pour down to  the oil pan. Pull the engine oil dipstick. If you don’t know where the engine oil dipstick is, check your  owner’s manual, usually it has a bright handle saying ”engine oil”.
  2. Wipe it off with a clean rag or tissue. Then insert it back all the way down into its place.
  3. Now pull the dipstick again and check the oil level. Normally it should be at the “FULL” mark. For example, here you can see that it’s a bit lower. It’s not a big problem yet, but it’s better to top it up. Check the oil condition: If it’s way too black, it’s definitely time to change it. If it’s slightly brown, it’s O.K. If it’s dark-brown, but still transparent, it’s admissible but it’s better to change it soon. If it’s white (coffee with milk color) it means the engine coolant is mixing with the engine oil because of some internal engine problem, for example, blown head gasket – have your car inspected.
  4. How to top up the engine oil: It would be better to add the same type and brand of the engine oil as you already have in the engine. Ass a little amount of the oil as it’s shown in the image. Wait for a minute to let the oil pour down. Check the oil level again with the dipstick. If it’s still low, add some more. But don’t overfill it. Don’t forget to install the dipstick back and close the oil filter cap when you are finished.