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Checking the oil on your engine every so often helps you maintain your vehicle in mint shape for longer. Learn how to check the oil on your own with the tips and tricks on this post that John O Brown in Show Low has for you.

It's safe to say that the engine is probably one of the most essential parts of your vehicle. It's the component that turns fuel into energy and makes it transport you from one place to the next. However, the engine needs help to make this process happen smoothly for many years: motor oil. It helps lubricate and protect the moving parts of the engine that brush up against each other whenever the engine is running. Without it, your engine will be rendered useless in no time because of the friction inside it. Still, crucial as it is, motor oil also needs some help. After some time and use, it becomes ineffective and leaves your engine exposed to the dangers of the aforementioned friction. For this reason, you have to check it every so often to ensure it remains in good shape. One way to do this is to do a test with a dipstick to ensure the motor oil is at the proper level to protect the engine. For tips on how to do this test on your own and check the oil in your vehicle, continue reading the post below.

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How to Check the Oil

Read the Owner's Manual

The first step is to check your vehicle's owner's manual thoroughly. After all, this is only a general guide on how to check the oil in your vehicle. Different vehicles have different needs, and you'll be able to learn more about your vehicle's specific requirements through the owner's manual.

Park Your Vehicle on Level Ground

The next tip is to park your vehicle on level ground. To understand why you must realize that you're trying to figure out if the oil is at the right level to provide the protection and lubrication the engine needs. Parking your vehicle on level ground will guarantee that the measurement you'll do won't be off.

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Give the Engine a Chance to Cool Off

Once you park your vehicle, you should let the engine a chance to cool off (like half an hour). As mentioned above, when the engine runs, it produces friction which produces heat. If you want to avoid getting seriously burnt, give the engine a chance to cool down.

Find, Pull Out and Wipe the Dipstick

The dipstick is a long stick near the engine with MAX and MIN marks on it (you can refer to your owner's manual for a better idea of where to locate it). Once you find it, pull it out and wipe it down with a clean rag. This, to get a clean reading of the dipstick in the next step.

Reinsert and Take Out the Dipstick

The next steps may seem a little repetitive, but they are necessary. You have to reinsert the dipstick in its place and take it out again. The oil in the engine will create a film on the dipstick that will let you know the level it's currently at. It should be between the MIN and MAX marks.

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Notice the Oil

As stated, you have to notice if the oil is between the MIN and MAX marks. If it's below min, it has too little oil. If it's over max, it has too much oil. You should also notice the oil's condition. If it's dark and coarse, it's dirty. If it's light and smooth, it's in good shape.

Take the Necessary Steps

Finally, you have to consider the information you gathered and take the necessary steps to protect and lubricate the engine. If the oil is too low, refill it and check for leaks. If it's too high, remove some of it. If the oil is dirty, replace it entirely to keep the engine in top shape.

Doing the best for your vehicle can ensure it continues working safely, smoothly, and strongly for many years. Call John O Brown in Show Low at (520) 444-2634 and browse AMSOIL's online shop to place an order on the most effective high-quality products for its maintenance.


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