How to Add Oil to Your Car
Aug 03, 2023

Regularly checking and maintaining the engine oil level in your car is crucial for optimal engine performance and longevity. Whether you're a seasoned car enthusiast or a new driver, knowing how to add oil to your car is a fundamental skill that can save you from costly repairs and breakdowns. In this comprehensive, step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of adding oil to your car, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Gather the Necessary Tools and Supplies

Before you begin, make sure you have the following tools and supplies ready:

  • Engine oil - Check your car's owner's manual for the recommended oil type and viscosity. See here for how to find the correct oil.
  • Funnel - To avoid spillage and ensure accurate pouring.
  • Clean Cloth or Paper Towels - For wiping off any spills or excess oil.

Park Your Car on a Flat Surface and Prepare the Car

  • Park on a Level Surface - Ensure your car is parked on a flat, level surface to get accurate oil level readings and prevent spills.
  • Turn off the Engine - Give your car sufficient time to cool down before attempting to add oil.
  • Locate the Oil Dipstick - Open your car's hood and find the oil dipstick. It is usually marked with a brightly coloured handle and located near the engine.
  • Check the Oil Level - Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean with a cloth, reinsert it, and then pull it out again. Check the oil level against the markings on the dipstick. If the level is below the recommended range, you need to add oil.

Add Oil to Your Car

  1. Find the Oil Cap - Locate the oil cap on top of the engine. It is usually labeled "Oil" and might have an oil can icon.
  2. Open the Oil Cap - Twist the oil cap counterclockwise to open it. This allows air to enter the engine, facilitating a smooth flow of oil.
  3. Insert the Funnel - Place the funnel securely into the oil cap opening to avoid spills and ensure precise pouring.
  4. Pour the Oil - Slowly pour the recommended amount of oil into the funnel. Refer to your car's manual for the correct oil capacity.
  5. Check the Oil Level Again - Wait a minute or two to let the oil settle in the engine. Then, pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, and reinsert it to check the oil level. Add more oil if necessary, but avoid overfilling.
  6. Secure the Oil Cap - Once you've reached the desired oil level, close the oil cap tightly by twisting it clockwise.

Dispose of Old Oil Properly

Properly disposing of old engine oil is crucial for the environment. Never pour used oil down the drain or in the trash. Instead, collect the old oil in a sealed container and take it to a recycling centre or an auto parts store that accepts used oil.


Learning how to add oil to your car is a straightforward process that every car owner should master. Regularly checking and maintaining the right oil level will keep your engine running smoothly and efficiently. By following this step-by-step guide and adhering to proper disposal practices, you'll not only save on costly repairs but also contribute to a cleaner environment.

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