Sacramento and Elk Grove Auto Repair

How to Top Off Engine Oil

The engine oil in your vehicle is extremely important to your vehicle's overall reliability and performance. Although you should never miss your oil changes, you can top off your engine oil in between oil changes if you find that your engine needs it. 

Please note: adding oil to your vehicle does not take the place of your regular oil change service.


Before anything else, you will need to find a quality engine oil that suits your vehicle's needs. For additional guidance, you can look at your owner's manual for what type of oil your manufacturer recommends. Additionally, you'll also want to monitor your vehicle's oil level before proceeding. Please make sure your car is turned off and parked on even ground when checking your oil. 

To top off the motor oil, follow these steps carefully: 

  1. After propping the hood open, please locate and remove the oil lid. The cap is usually marked with the word 'oil' or has the traditional oil symbol.
  2. You will need to grab a funnel and position it onto the opening. Proceed to pour the oil at a slow rate.
  3. Tighten the oil lid and be sure not to leave anything under the hood.
  4. Schedule out your following oil change with Prestige Auto Works, so you don't forget it!

If you notice that you are running out of oil too quickly, even after touching it up, you may have a leak. In this case, please bring your vehicle to the experts at Prestige Auto Works immediately for an inspection.

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