How to Check Oil

By: Paige Russell for
How to Check Oil
How to Check Oil
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To some people (me) cars are a mystery; the extent of my knowledge is definitely outside the hood. But, as this How to Check Oil tutorial demonstrates, taking on some of your own car maintenance can be surprisingly easy. Checking the engine oil in your car is the babiest of baby steps into the car maintenance world, and this tutorial breaks it down beautifully. Just by learning this one simple skill, you can save money on paying the professionals. Do your own oil checks and keep that cash for the gas tank.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour


Primary TechniqueAuto


Project TypeLearn a Technique

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I keep rags in my trunk for the sole purpose of checking my fluids every now and then. Thanks for the tutorial!

It is so important to know how to check the fluid levels in your car! I cannot stress enough how easy it is to do. You can prevent so many vehicular problems, just by checking and topping up your fluids regularly. I learned to do most of these things with online tutorials and youtube videos. I make it a point now to check my oil weekly. I actually discovered a leak problem early on because I do it and probably saved myself a lot of money by not letting the problem get any worse.


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