How to add oil to your car

By: Jon Tompkins 

Everyone knows the feeling of driving your car and having the oil light come on at the most inconvenient times. It is frustrating and most people don’t know how to add oil to your car. Most people would go to their local car shop and pay some sort of money, when it actually is a simple solution. This is a guide on how to put oil in your car in the most cost efficient way.

The first thing you want to do is make sure your car is not lying to you and that you actually do need more oil. To do this you should grab a paper towel, because this part can get messy. Lift the hood of your car and lock it in with whatever kind of equipment is made for it. If you look around, you will see a dipstick, which is a circular piece that allows you to pull it up. It is usually located next to where the oil would be added, which is described below. You will also find below a picture of the dipstick to be certain. Find the dipstick and pull it out. Wipe the bottom clean with your paper towel and then stick it back in the hole. By doing this you will get a better idea of how much oil you have in your car.  Pull the dipstick back out and look at the oil at the bottom. There are two lines that indicate you to add oil and one that indicated it is full. Put the Dipstick back in.



Next, you want to figure out what kind of oil your car takes. There are different types of oils made for different cars that enable their engines to run properly. Typically, if you do a quick Google search of your car, it will tell you the type of oil it takes. Another route is checking the owner’s manual. Usually, there is a section about the oil, which tells you the type it takes. The number that you are looking for will be something like this: 5w-30 or 10w-40.


After this you will need to purchase the oil. Most people think you have to get the oil from an auto body shop or a specialty shop. This is not true. Most of the time you can find that your local Wal-Mart or Target has many different oils. They will have the oil you are looking for, unless you have some type of modifications on your car and it has custom engine or custom intakes.  There are quarts that sell between $3-$7. They are very inexpensive and you only need to purchase one.

Now that we have the oil, we have to put it in the car.  When you are changing the oil, make sure you are in a safe spot and not in an active area. Go to the front of the car and lift the hood again. Lock the hood in and search for the area the oil will be put into. Look for a symbol that looks like a teapot with waves under it. It is usually located next to or very close to the dipstick. There is a picture at the bottom of this section to get a better idea.


Grab the cap and twist it off counter clockwise. The easiest way to add the oil is by getting a funnel and pouring it in. If you do not have a funnel, a plastic cup will work. Pour the oil in the cup so it is filled about half way. Then pour the oil into the hole, repeating this process until you have used all the oil in the bottle. Take the quart and flip it upside down and let it sit in the hole to get every drop of the oil. When there is no more oil to be used, wait about five minutes and let it settle. Then take the dipstick and pull it back out and look at the bottom to make sure enough oil was added. Once you have added the oil, start your car and the oil light will be off.


After reading this, it is certain that there is no need to stress out about an oil light coming on. It is a simple fix and nothing to stress out about. These simple suggestions are cost effective, and you will be pleased to have actually taught yourself something new. So, next time that light comes on, it will be a simple 1,2,3 process.


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