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How do you measure vehicle oil capacities?

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To measure vehicle oil capacity, park the vehicle on a flat level, and turn off the engine for at least 10 minutes before locating the oil dipstick and removing it from the pipe. Wipe the oil dipstick with a clean, lint-free rag, and put it back into the pipe. Pull the dipstick out again, and then check the film of oil at the end of the stick to read the oil level.

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The exact location of the oil dipstick varies depending on whether the vehicle has an inline engine system or a transverse version. For a transverse engine, check for the dipstick near the front section of the engine. For an inline engine system, locate the oil dipstick next to the transmission fluid dipstick. If you cannot find the location of the oil dipstick, check the owner’s manual.

The oil dipstick has markings that show the level of oil. If the oil level is low, unscrew the screw-off cap labelled as ‘’Oil Cap’’ or similar phrase to add more oil. Place a funnel into the opening of the oil tank, and add one-half of a quart of oil. Wait for two minutes, and then check the oil level again. Add the rest of the quart if the oil level is below the required minimum or when the dipstick reads that the oil capacity is full.

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