How to check or add engine oil on a Cadillac
In this guide, you will find instructions on how to check or add engine oil on Cadillac vehicles. If the oil level is below the MIN mark add engine oil as soon as possible to avoid engine damage.
To check or add engine oil on a Cadillac takes less than five minutes. Note the instructions below apply to Cadillac that has an oil dipstick. If your Cadillac does not have an oil dipstick, you will have to check the engine oil level using the dashboard.
What you will need
- GM Engine Oil
- Typical: 5W-30
(Check your owners manual)
- Typical: 5W-30
Park your Cadillac on a level surface and apply the parking brakes.
Turn off engine
Turn off the engine and wait at least five minutes before you procced to check the engine oil level on your Cadillac . This will allow the engine oil to return to the oil pan.
Open the hood of your Cadillac by pulling the hood realease under the dash.
Locate oil dipstick
Locate the oil dipstick on your vehicle. In this picture the oil dipstick is labeled as item number 8.
Oil dipstick on a Cadillac Escalade.
Oil dipstick on a Cadillac CTS.
Remove the dipstick by pulling it up. Note the minimum and maximum marks before you reinsert the dipstick back into the engine block.
Use a clean cloth to wipe off any oil that may still be on the dipstick.
Reinsert dipstick and check level
Insert the dip stick into the same tube to check engine oil level on your Cadillac . The level needs to 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 to your vehicle. Follow instructions as described in the next step. If the level is significally above the FULL mark, you need to remove oil from the engine.
Remove oil cap
Locate the oil filler cap. Unscrew the cap from the oil filler opening. Add recommended Cadillac engine oil.
Add only half a quart at the time and check the level again. If the oil level is still under the MIN mark, add engine oil. Don't overfill the engine with oil above the MAX or FULL mark on the dipstick. Overfilling the engine with oil can cause engine problems or damage.
Note that these are general instructions meant to help all Cadillac owners. Models such as ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, XLR from 1990 to present.