Don't panic! all you need to do is drive your car up on to a ramp or other sturdy surface, like the tire-changing spot in your driveway. pour an adequate amount of oil straight into the oil filler base, underneath where one would put their gas canister typically; it should be near the driver's side door. remember not to overfill it- if there are higher levels of oil coming out than usual don't worry about it. gently shake out any excess that may shoot out while driving (don't wipe) and off you go! if you're unsure ensure that your owner's manual has an illustration on how to locate the engine oil tank under your hood.
can you just add oil to your car?
yes, but i'm not sure why you would want to do that.
car engines need a mix of oil and gasoline for optimal lubrication and performance. adding only oil will cause problems like clogged filters, contaminated engine bearings (because they don't get the necessary cooling), and pre-ignition (also called “pinging”). the oil will also wear out the spark plugs quickly because it doesn't burn as efficiently as gas does- not to mention gumming up the fuel injectors since it has a much higher viscosity than gasoline. my recommendation is always to read your car's owner manual about what kind of fluids your car needs before experimenting with any questionable substances!
how do i add oil to my car?
if you have a manual transmission, start your engine. pull the gearshift down into neutral. remember that the starter doesn't work when in gear, so it won't backfire or sputter. if you have an automatic transmission, pull up the electronic parking brake by pressing on its surface with your fingers. turn off your engine and raise the hood of your car fully open. the best way to do this is to use your hand only with no tools because you will need them later on for other processes too!
now, locate the dipstick for checking fluid levels at one end of the engine compartment nearest to where you are parked with both front doors closed.>>/>
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should your car be on or off to put oil in?
leaving the vehicle running is advisable to keep exhaust fumes from getting into the oil; at least open a window and make sure your tailpipe is pointing away from where you're pouring.
it's also important not to overfill the engine with fresh oil – like new shoes, it's best to break them in gradually by adding a little more each time! finally, be diligent about keeping an eye on use of your “check-engine” light. if that comes on while driving, get your car serviced immediately (and don't shift gears!) it could mean anything like a clogged fuel filter or even something as serious as transmission trouble – now's not the time to find out since many repairs are much less dangerous if done inf
do you add oil when the car is hot or cold?
when the car is new, getting an oil change is important to put fresh oil in the engine. but once the engine has flowed through over 20,000 miles or 2 years of use, you can switch to your owner's manual recommendation of adding oil every 10 thousand miles or 12 months.
the best way to know when it's time for an oil change is to look at your owner’s manual for specific recommendations on how often and under what conditions it should be changed. as a general rule though, these are good guidelines that most people can follow: change your auto (engine) oils after four (4) months of use; every ten thousand miles; if using synthetic fluid; after major repair work; if extreme climate