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Take care of your automobile and it won't strand you. Howcast helps you keep your ride running smoothly with this video series on car maintenance.
You Will Need
- A clean rag or a few paper towels
- A can of oil
- A funnel
Park the car
Park the car on a level surface, like a flat driveway.
Turn off engine
Turn the engine off.
Open the hood and locate the dipstick. Its handle is usually yellow and shaped like a crossbar.
Wipe off stick
Pull the dipstick out and, using a rag or paper towel, wipe off the stick.
Locate the two marks: "Add" and "Full."
Slide in dipstick
Slide the dipstick back into its slot, pushing it all the way down, before pulling it out again.
Check oil line
See where the line of oil reaches on the stick. If it falls at or below the "Add" line, then you need to add oil.
Remove fill cap
Remove the oil fill cap--it's usually marked with an icon that looks like Aladdin's magic lamp -- and place the funnel into the opening.
Pour in oil
Pour a quarter of the bottle into the funnel. Add the oil slowly so it doesn't go above the "Full" mark.
Keep rechecking the oil until it's between "Add" and "Full."
Remove the funnel and replace the oil cap.
Replace the dipstick, making sure it's all the way in. Close the hood -- and take her for a spin!