In this guide, you will find instructions on how to check and add engine oil on Chevrolet vehicles.
If the oil level is below the MIN mark add engine oil as soon as possible to avoid engine damage.
- Park your Chevrolet on a level surface and apply the parking brakes.
- Turn off the engine and wait at least five minutes before you proceed to check the engine oil level on your Chevrolet. This will allow the engine oil to return to the oil pan of your vehicle.
- Open the hood by pulling the hood release under the dashboard, driver's side.
- Locate the oil dipstick on the engine.
- 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. Note the hatched part of the dipstick. MIN level is at the bottom of the hatched. MAX level is at the top of the hatched part. Oil level needs to be betwen the MIN and MAX.
- Insert the dipstick into the same tube to check the engine oil level on your Chevrolet. 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 significantly above the FULL mark, you need to remove oil from the engine. If the engine oil level is below the MIN mark, continue to the next step.
- Locate the oil filler cap and deterime the recommended engine oil grade. For example 5W-20. Unscrew the cap by turning it counter clockwise. The cap may be on tight.
- Add recommended grade 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 more engine oil. Add 0.5-1 qt of oil at a time and recheck the oil level.
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 Chevrolet catalytic converter.