How Much Oil Do I Put in My Car

If you're asking "How much oil do I put in my car?" you are not alone. Knowing the right amount of oil to put in your car is important. Too little oil in your car can lead to overheating and premature wear. Too much oil can lead to excessive pressure and leaks.

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Motor oil is the unsung hero of your car's engine. Motor oil lubricates and protects engine parts, while providing protection against heat and corrosion. Knowing (and keeping) the proper level of oil in your car is critical to keeping your car running smooth. Here's how to determine the right amount of oil for your vehicle:

  • Don' be a dipstick! Reading your car's dipstick is a simple and important maintenance function you should perform once or twice a month. To accurately read you dipstick, park you car in a level, well lit spot. If the car's been running for a while, wait a few minutes for the oil to settle. Remove the dipstick, wipe it with a clean rag and re-insert it. Pull the stick out again and check it. If the oil level is between the two marks or holes at the bottom of the dipstick, your oil level is fine. If the oil level is below the two marks, then you'll need to add a quart of oil to your vehicle.
  • Don't overfill! Never add more than a quart of oil to your car based on the dipstick reading. If your dipstick comes up dry, you should invest in a complete oil change and have your car inspected for oil leaks or conditions that would lead to excessive oil burning.
  • You can look it up. If you're doing your own oil change, your car's owner's manual or service manual can tell you how much oil you should put in your car. Don't have a manual? Most car companies have online versions available for cars produced in the last 10 years or so. Most are available free, with others charging a small fee.
  • Call for help. If you can't find a manual, a quick phone call to the service department of your local dealer will often produce the information. If you don't have a dealer near by, many car manufacturers have tool free numbers to call.
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