How To Check Dipstick & Engine Oil - EASY

back it's an automotive Monday at

Sinclair Community College my name is

Justin Morgan the chairperson of

automotive you guys haven't got a chance

go back and look at some of our previous

videos on used car inspection how to

install safety feet that mr. Singleton's

been a big part of and done a great job

today we're going to talk about how to

check your own engine oil so it's

something that maybe some of you have

done in the past or something that you

guys are scared to do out there and the

one thing I want to try to do is go

through and give you the information

that you need to check your own engine

oil the reason this is so important is

today on vehicles we have boiled life

intervals and what we do is we use a

monitor on the vehicles computer to tell

us when to change oil the problem with

that is on new cars is sometimes that

oil life interval will go to six seven

thousand miles and for those of you that

are uninformed our typical oil interval

and the past has been three thousand

miles so what do we need to do is when

we do those guests that looks at the

local gas station is that's a good time

to go ahead and pop your hood and check

your own engine oil so today we're going

to go through that procedure the one

thing I always recommend as we do in all

of our videos is consult your owners

manual if you're unsure and you don't

want to do this and always go ahead and

go to your local service repair facility

but it's a good idea at least once a

month to go ahead and check your engine

oil or at every gas fill up whatever you

would like to feel comfortable with so

let's go ahead and get started here so

the first thing that we want to do is

locate the engine oil dipstick usually

that's noted by a yellow color or like

an orange color on that dipstick to let

you know another dipstick that you might

find underneath the hood is the

automatic transmission fluid dipstick on

some vehicles especially older vehicles

so if you're unsure you consult your

owners manual to make sure that you have

the right one so one thing you want to

make sure is is anytime you're checking

the engine oils the engine should always

be in the off it's a good idea in some

cars a thing to just sit for just a few

minutes to let the oil settle to the

bottom of the oil pan so after you shut

the vehicle off go ahead and get ready

pull that dipstick out before you

proceed you probably want to go ahead

and get you a paper towel some sort and

of course at the gas station they'd have

a towel for you basically to go ahead

and check that oil for you so go ahead

and grab one of those to get ready to do

this so we're going to pull the dipstick

out just use one index finger I'm going

to go ahead and use my rag here and as I

pull it out slowly I'm going to wipe the

excess of oil off the dipstick as we

pull it straight up and out okay so I

don't need to look at it right now I'm

just going to clean off the dipstick

place it back down into what we call the

dipstick tube

push it down I like to go ahead and push

it down all the way count to about one

one thousand two one thousand three one

thousand that allows the oil to get

saturated on the dipstick we're going to

pull it back out and our fill level is

going to be viewed down here on our

level here there's going to be hash

marks and invitations there's a max

level and usually a ad level usually in

that region is a safe region on our

vehicles that have those oil life

intervals that are going 6000 or more on

our oil change we are starting to

consume oil

so although the oil may be fine the

issue is is we are getting low on oil

and what's happening is on a lot of

newer vehicles is we're having engine

failures due to the fact that customers

are not checking the oil and so although

the oil change says it does not need it

our oil level is actually low okay so

there are some things being done in by

the manufacturers to go ahead and kind

of remedy that that issue right now you

as a consumer a customer one of your

jobs is to make sure that you're

checking the oil regularly so any of you

that have had some expense of the engine

repair bills due to oil consumption this

might have been something that you want

to do on your next purchase is to go

ahead and continually change the oil

every 3,000 miles

so as we take a look here we're

basically up about right up here at the

fill level so we're good to go

if we wanted to double check I always

like to check it twice just to make sure

so I'm going to go ahead and pull it off

again clean it off I got a little drip

right here on my map I'm going to put it

back down in there and if you can see

right now here's my full hash mark

here's my add hash mark anything below

that or no will on the dipstick would be

cause for concern for me so you would

always want to make sure it's at least

viewable on the dipstick and just

specifically it should be falling in the

hash marks at any oil change okay one

one thousand two one thousand three one

thousand grab it and as you can see it

looks like it's actually filled up in

this case although on one side it showed

that it's a little bit filled it's right

here to the top marsh and it looks like

it's good so a lot of vehicles today

have oil life monitors most of those

monitors do not actually go off the

mileage some vehicles do or some

manufacturers do but a lot of them

actually go off of engine rpm engine run

time the amount of miles and a logarithm

basically that is done through

engineering so there's no set miles so

as you can see on this vehicle it's

actually at 98

percent life left so there will be a

prompt that comes up in your intrument

cluster that says that change oil soon

or you know you're at 20% oil life on

this vehicle you can see that it's at


so downside of this though this vehicle

could have been 6000 miles since the

last oil change and that's when we need

to make sure you're continually checking

your engine oil because if the engine

starts to run low on oil that causes

catastrophic engine repair and now

that's costing the customer or the

consumer a bunch of money you're looking

at maybe possibly an engine replacement

at two or three thousand dollars so as

you can see from the odometer this oil

change is close to the oil life the oil

change interval judging by the sticker

we're about thousand miles left or so so

that tells me that even though we have

ninety-eight percent real life or about

a thousand miles away from our oil

change so I really like to rely on my

old change stickers from the repair

facility rather than the oil life

monitor I feel like that is a better a

better idea of to keep you constantly

checking and changing that oil regularly

just a quick tip here today on

automotive Monday's give you guys an

idea of how to check in on oil something

that's easy easily done and can keep you

out of a costly repair bill in the

future so thanks again and thanks for