Checking and Adding Engine Oil on Acura Vehicle

Check & Add Engine Oil to Acura Vehicles

Are you getting Check Engine Oil or seeing a Red Oil Symbol light on the instrument cluster of your Acura? Learn how to fix it by adding Engine Oil to your Acura vehicle.

Checking the engine oil level on any ACURA vehicle is easy and takes only five minutes. You can check the oil level via the instrument cluster on newer Acura vehicles.


  • Check Engine Oil Level Light
  • Red oil symbol on the dashboard
  • Engine noise or knock
  • Engine overheating

What you will need

Acura recommends that you use Genuine Acura Motor Oil. Other synthetic oils that are API-certified can also be used. The typical oil used on Acuras is 0W-20 or 5W-20 grade.

  • Synthetic 5W-20 Engine Oil


Follow these instructions to check the oil level of an Acura.

Park the ACURA on a level surface and apply the parking to check engine oil level ACURA model  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Turn off the engine and wait at least ten minutes before checking the engine oil level on your ACURA. This will allow the engine oil to return to the oil pan. ACURA model how to check engine oil level instructions turn off engine

Open the hood of your ACURA by pulling the hood release under the dash.

check ACURA engine oil level

Then go to the front of the hood to release and lift the hood.

Locate the oil dipstick on your Acura. Here, you can see the location of the oil dipstick at the front of the engine. The oil dipstick has a yellow handle. acura tl check engine oil level

Remove the dipstick by pulling it up. Before reinserting the dipstick back into the tube, note the minimum and maximum marks. wipe oil from acura dipstick

Use a clean cloth to wipe off any oil that may still be on the dipstick.

Insert the dipstick into the same tube that you removed it from to check the engine oil level on your ACURA. Remove the dipstick again.

The level must be between the min and max mark we saw earlier. If the engine oil level is below the min mark, you need to add engine oil. Follow the instructions as described in the next step. check acura oil level

Locate the oil filler cap near the front of the engine. add acura engine oil

Add 0.5 to 1 quart of oil at a time and recheck the oil level. Don’t allow the oil to go over the MAX/FULL mark.

These steps will help owners of Acura:

  • CDX
  • CL
  • VSX
  • EL
  • ILX
  • Integra
  • Legend
  • MDX
  • NSX
  • RDX
  • RL RLX
  • RSX
  • SLX
  •  TL TLX
  • TSX
  • ZDX

We hope you find the Check & Add Engine Oil to Acura Vehicles guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help with your Acura vehicle.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    My 2014 Acura Ilx says that i have 5% oil level. I need to get it done as soon as i can which is a weej away. Can i add a quart of new oil to get me by until then? Safely?