How Do I Check My Car’s Oil Level?

Mechanic wiping oil dipstick to check level

Motor oil is the lifeblood of your Chevrolet vehicle, and you should always ensure you have the right amount if you want to protect all of the engine’s internal moving parts, whether you’re sticking to the streets of Des Moines or heading far from Indianola and Pleasant Hill.

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Chevy

Some newer Chevy models use electronic oil monitors instead of traditional dipsticks. So, your first step is to check your owner’s manual to see how your vehicle monitors oil levels.

If you don’t have an electronic oil monitor, you’ll need to check the oil manually. To do so, simply follow these steps:

  1. Park the vehicle on level ground
  2. Turn the engine off and let it cool
  3. Pop the hood open and locate the oil dipstick (look to your owner’s manual if you need help finding it)
  4. Pull out the dipstick and wipe the oil from the end of it
  5. Re-insert the dipstick into the tube, and then pull it out and check both sides to figure out where the level is

What is the Proper Oil Level?

Not all dipsticks indicate the proper oil level the same way, but there are some conventions you can look out for. For example, if the top of your oil streak is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, the oil in your car is at a healthy level. If it isn’t in one of these areas, you probably need to refill it.

Always buy the grade recommended in your model’s owner’s manual. Then, remove the oil filler cap, and add oil a little at a time until the dipstick shows that you’re at the proper oil level.

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