Y’all know in the early to mid 80s (the 1980s) we didn’t have the interwebs. So, we couldn’t just go to a computer and search how to do all the things.
Younger folks ask, “Well how did you learn how to do things?”
Well young’in, let me tell ya, there were multiple ways we learned things:
- We asked people.
- Encyclopedias (the books).
- We watched others perform the task or do the things we wanted to learn.
Fast forward to today’s independence building DIY. So, how did I learn how to check the oil levels? I watched my mom and my brother do it. Y’all are in luck, though because y’all don’t have travel all the way to where my car is to get this quick tutorial. Nope! There’s already a video on how to check oil levels waiting for your learning and viewing pleasure!
Shauna Mac, I’m a woman & not sure if I can check oil levels
I hear you, but checking oil levels is a task of that everyone can perform! Whether you’re a woman, man, or non-binary gender conforming person, it’s a tasks empowerment and independence because you don’t have to be at the mercy of anyone else.
Why is it important to check oil levels of your car?
- Oil keeps your car operating properly. Therefore, letting your oil run low or run out is something that you don’t want. Running out of oil will damage your engine and a damaged engine because of the lack of oil will fail.
- Checking the oil levels lets you know how much oil you have.
- Checking the oil levels lets you know how dirty the oil in your car is. If you’re not one who pays attention to that little sticker those nice folks at the oil changing place puts on your windshield, or it just falls off randomly, checking your oil levels queues you on what time it is. If it’s dirty, then it’s time for an oil change.
What else should I keep in mind, Shauna Mac?
- Always check the oil levels when the engine is OFF.
- If you are just turning off the car to check the oil levels, BE CAREFUL, because everything under the hood is probably HOT.
- You’ll have to pop the hood/release the hood using the primary latch (see below) to get to the dipstick to check oil levels. It’s usually located under the steering column, either in the center or to the left.
- The way to check oil levels is by using a dipstick. This is a long tool that goes into the engine and it has a loop on the end – see the picture below.
- but newer cars, be it American or foreign, are getting rid of the dipstick. You could say they’re becoming obsolete. So make sure you check your car’s manufacturer’s book (or interweb search if you don’t have one) to find the the appropriate what to check oil levels.