- Oil Level Indicator: The correct oil level is usually indicated by two marks or holes on the dipstick. The oil should be between these two marks. If it's below the lower mark, you need to add oil.
- Reading the Dipstick: When you pull out the dipstick, the oil level should be read where the oil is solid across the stick, not where it may have smeared up the sides. The smear on the sides can occur as you pull the dipstick out and isn't a reliable indicator.
- Checking Procedure: To ensure an accurate reading, follow these steps:
- Make sure the car is on a level surface.
- Turn off the engine and wait a few minutes to let the oil settle.
- Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, reinsert it fully, and then pull it out again for the reading.
- Adding Oil: If you need to add oil, do it in small amounts. After each addition, wait a few minutes and recheck the level. It's important not to overfill.
- Additional Tips: Some dipsticks have etchings or other indicators to help read the level more clearly. Also, checking the oil when the engine is warm (but turned off) can provide a more accurate reading.
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