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Steps To Check Your Car Oil Accurately

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    Knowing and reading your oil gauge level is awesome but most times most of us find it difficult to get the accurate reading because of some simple mistakes.

    This tutorial will enlighten you on how best to read oil gauge levels accurately:

    • Park your car on level ground to ensure you get an accurate reading. Turn off the engine and wait 10 to 15 minutes for it to cool down.
    • With the engine off, pop the hood and locate the oil dipstick. It often has a red or orange plastic tab on it. Remove the dipstick.
    • Wipe the dipstick with a clean rag or paper towel. The reading you get from pulling the dipstick out the first time isn’t accurate because the motor oil can splash around the dipstick.
    • Re-insert the dipstick. Be sure to push the dipstick all the way back in,
      wait for a second, and then remove it again.
    • Review the level of oil on both sides of the dipstick. Indicators toward the bottom of the stick will let you know if the oil is low, good, or high.
    • Visually inspect the color and consistency of the oil on the stick. This can help you determine the oil’s current effectiveness. If your oil appears black, thick, gritty, or milky, it might be time for an oil change.
    • Wipe the dipstick off again and put it completely back into its tube. Make sure it is fully inserted. Close the hood.
    • If your oil check indicated that oil is low, off-colored, or a strange consistency, visit you auto center.


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