Ideal Engine Temperature for Oil Check
Oil is a very important part of an automobile, as it lubricates the machinery inside so that everything can stay in healthy motion. In order to ensure your vehicle has enough of this precious slippery juice in its system, it’s a good idea to check one’s oil from time to time. In fact, Consumer Reports recommends doing so at every other fuel-stop.
But different opinions abound on the exact conditions that oil should be checked in. One area that seems “hotly” debated is the ideal engine temperature. Should you check your oil with a hot or cold engine?
How can I perform an oil check?
To check your oil:
- First make sure your engine is off (no matter which temperature you’re after).
- Open your hood and find the dipstick.
- Pull out the dipstick and wipe off the oil.
- Reinsert the dipstick into its tube. Be sure to push it all the way in.
- Pull the dipstick out again and check the oil level, looking at both sides. If the top of the oil streak is between the upper/lower (maximum/minimum) marks, then the level is good. However, if the oil is below the minimum mark, it’s time to add some oil.