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Should you run car before checking oil?
Last Updated: 15th February, 2020
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Keeping this in consideration, should you check your oil with the car running?
The correct way to read the oil level is with the engine off. If the engine is hot, wait a bit before checking the oil level to allow the oil that's been pumped throughout the engine to drain back into the crankcase oil pan. It is not that Engine Oil is never checked with engine running.
Subsequently, question is, what is the proper way to check oil? Check your engine oil weekly when the car is warm and on level ground. Stop the engine and wait a few minutes for the oil to settle, remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Push the dipstick all the way in, wait a second, and then withdraw it and check the level. The oil should be between the two marks.
Beside above, how long should engine cool before checking oil?
1. Park your car on level ground to ensure you get an accurate reading. Turn off the engine and wait 10 to 15 minutes for it to cool down. Manufacturers used to recommend that you check your oil when the engine was cold, to give the oil a chance to settle in the oil pan.
When should you top up engine oil?
Your oil level should be somewhere between the two. If your oil level is below the bottom line, or if there isn't any oil on the dipstick at all, you should immediately top up your engine oil.