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How to inspect your oil

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

We are going to tackle a very common question! How to inspect your oil! You might have seen many people do this before but WHY are they doing it?!

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As a car owner, one of the most important tasks you can perform to ensure your car is running smoothly is to regularly inspect your oil. Your car’s oil is the lifeblood of the engine, and without it, your engine could fail. In this blog, we will discuss how to inspect your oil so you can ensure your car is running at peak performance.

Step 1: Park your car on level ground

To get an accurate reading of your oil, you need to park your car on level ground. This will ensure that the oil is distributed evenly throughout the engine, and you will get an accurate reading of your oil level.

Step 2: Turn off your engine and wait a few minutes

Before inspecting your oil, you need to turn off your engine and wait a few minutes. This will allow the oil to settle in the oil pan, giving you a more accurate reading.

Step 3: Locate the oil dipstick

The oil dipstick is a long, thin metal rod that is typically located near the front of the engine. It is usually marked with a bright-colored handle, such as yellow or orange, to make it easy to find.

Step 4: Remove the oil dipstick and wipe it clean

Once you have located the oil dipstick, remove it from the engine and wipe it clean with a cloth or paper towel. This will remove any excess oil or debris that may be on the dipstick, giving you an accurate reading of your oil level.

Step 5: Reinsert the oil dipstick and remove it again

After wiping the dipstick clean, reinsert it into the engine and remove it again. Look at the end of the dipstick to see where the oil level is. The oil level should be between the two marks on the dipstick, which are typically labeled “Full” and “Add”.

Step 6: Check the color and consistency of the oil

In addition to checking the oil level, you should also check the color and consistency of the oil. Healthy oil should be amber in color and have a smooth, consistent texture. If the oil is dark, gritty, or has a burnt smell, it may be time for an oil change.

Step 7: Repeat the inspection regularly

To ensure your car is running at peak performance, you should repeat the oil inspection regularly. It is recommended that you inspect your oil at least once a month, or before long trips. This will help you catch any potential problems before they become major issues.

In conclusion, inspecting your oil is a simple task that can save you from major headaches and costly repairs down the road. By following these simple steps, you can ensure your car’s oil is at the correct level, and that it is clean and healthy. Remember to inspect your oil regularly, and if you notice any problems, take your car to our qualified mechanics for further inspection.

Over here at Hubbell Auto Repair, we have everything you need to keep your car up and running. You can visit us online at or call us at (319) 377-6614

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