Check the Oil
The best time to check your oil is before the automobile has been started or when the engine is cold. The oil is settled which allows for a more accurate reading. If you check the oil after the car has been running, you will encounter a hot engine, so please use caution. Make sure that you do not have anything, such as your hair or a scarf, hanging into the engine. If the engine is hot, turn your vehicle off and let it cool for a few minutes.
As always keep safety in mind make sure the automobile is on a level surface and the parking brake is engaged.
CAUTION: Do not over fill! If you fill your car with too much oil, you could destroy your engine. If you are uncertain about how much to add, add a little and then recheck. Continue this process until you have reached the full level. Be sure to allow enough time (30 seconds) to let the oil settle before re-checking.
TIP: There is actual a right and wrong way to pour motor oil! See the pics below for the difference. The bottle is designed to be poured like the container on the right. It will prevent “glugging” and have less chance of a spill.
TIP: If your vehicle is in the low range it may take as little as ¼ of a quart to reach the full mark. There is no need to rush out and buy a case of oil. It shouldn’t take any more than ½ to one quart of oil to reach the full range.