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Old 11-27-2013, 06:24 PM
 
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My car takes 7.5. quarts of oil and i just checked the oil level on the computer it says add 1 quart max to reach oil level. So i don't see any leaks so it might be burning a little but with that many quarts do you think 1 quart really matters? I just don't know how to put oil in that is the problem and don't want to go to the dealer to have that done.
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:29 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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1 qt. low won't hurt it.

Open your Owner's Manual to the appropriate page which has a diagram of the engine. It should have directions to the oil fill.

Or go open the hood and look for a cap that says a variation of "Engine Oil".
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:39 PM
 
Location: North Pole Alaska
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Oil is the life blood of the engine. That being said NEVER trust a computer. Go to a shop does not have to be a dealer and ask them to teach you how to check the oil and how to add oil. Its very simple and also very important!
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I must have a really old car. The engine has something called a 'dip stick' that tells you how much oil is in the engine with a 'full' line. And there's a big black plastic cap on the valve cover that says 'oil' on it.
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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What kind of car do you have. I bet we can tell you exactly where the dipstick and oil fill are at.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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What kind of car do you have. I bet we can tell you exactly where the dipstick and oil fill are at.
I think i know where to fill it but my concern is really if I can get away with a quart short and not ruin it but i might try to order a quart soon.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:46 PM
 
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Yeah one quart won't do anything. I would be concerned if oil consumption is excessive. I would still top it off. Unless you're using some weird oil brand most auto places have oil.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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And here I was feeling guilty for not putting in the battery I bought yesterday...
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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My car takes 7.5. quarts of oil and i just checked the oil level on the computer it says add 1 quart max to reach oil level. So i don't see any leaks so it might be burning a little but with that many quarts do you think 1 quart really matters? I just don't know how to put oil in that is the problem and don't want to go to the dealer to have that done.
1 quart low is not going to kill the engine.

That said...

Put down your video game controller, find a friend who knows something about cars, and have him/her show you where & how to check your oil, and add some if need be. The fresh air will do you good!
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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Being 1 qt down usually won't harm anything. For most of the cars I've had in my life, 1 qt is the difference between the "low" indicator on a dipstick and the "full" line. For computerized oil level checks, same thing.

Read your owners manual and find out how to change the oil or add oil as necessary. This is not something anyone should need to take to a shop to handle.
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