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How to Check Engine Oil Level

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Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

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Safety Tip: Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.
1
Start your vehicle and warm up the engine. Park the vehicle on a level surface and turn the engine off. Wait 2 or 3 minutes to allow the oil to drain to the bottom of the oil pan.
2
Open the hood and locate the oil dipstick handle. Refer to your vehicle owner's manual for the exact location.
3
Pull the oil dipstick out of the tube and wipe off the engine oil with a clean shop rag.
4
Reinsert the dipstick into the dipstick tube all the way.
5
Pull the oil dipstick out and check the oil level. The oil level should be between the Min and Max marks on the dipstick. 7112
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Add oil if below the Min mark. It takes one quart to raise the oil level from Min to Max. 7092
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