How to Check the Oil in your Car

Today I’m going to answer the top three questions that we get asked in our workshops about checking how to check the oil in your car.

You want to check the car when it’s cold, that way you’re definitely not going to burn yourself pulling out the dipstick.

We’re going to check the level of the oil with a clean dipstick. You have taken the dipstick out and cleaned it and  you’re going to see there are two markers when you put the dipstick back in you’re going to check that the oil level sits under the top marker but above the low marker. Stick the dipstick back in, then pull it out so you can check the level.

If you go to an Auto Supermarket, you give them your car details your rego and your car info they will look up and tell you what the manufacturer recommends as the perfect oil for your car. Today. I’m going to use Mobil 1 because that’s what my car really enjoys.

If you do need a Top-Up remember, it’s not where the dipstick is. But look for the engine oil cap, remove it and that’s where we would pour the oil.

Use the one litre bottle, if when you’re checking the dipstick the oil was only a little bit lower than the top marker start off with just a couple of hundred mls. then check the dipstick. If it was closer to the bottom, then you might need the litre. Stay on the side of caution do a bit, wait, check the dipstick, put a little bit more in.

And don’t forget lefty-loosey to get the cap off and righty-tighty to get it back on!

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Working with Harley-Davidson Australia as their Harley-Davidson University Training Manager for four years has helped me gather some great learning to ride tips for the beginner rider and introduce them to the freedom of riding.

Galmatic was the brainchild of Eleni Mitakos, who saw a gap in the market for young teenagers and parents to be better equipped and educated when it comes to not only vehicle and safety maintenance, but in taking charge of their own safety.

Yes, it’s time to get your hands dirty! We hope you never actually need to change a tyre when out and about, but if you practise it now at least you will feel confident in the case of an emergency!