There’s nothing better than a good old fashioned life hack, especially when it comes to anything related to car service or car repair. Of course, you always want to be prepared to handle any car troubles that might come your way by having the right tools, but being able to think on the fly and make due with what you have can take you a long way in life.
Take this car owner from Kenna, New Mexico, for example. He needed to refill his car’s motor oil, but didn’t have a funnel. Cue this simple, but effective, hack.
“I was at my parent’s ranch and didn’t have a funnel,” the ingenious car owner said, according to the YouTube description. “The nearest store was an hour away so I just did the old trick I learned when I was little. I decided to record it and share with my friends and it blew their minds.”
WATCH: Engine Oil Dipstick Life Hack
How to Refill Engine Oil
Now, if your car’s oil level is low and you don’t have to resort to using a hack like the one in the above video, there are a few basic steps you should follow. This is 101-type stuff, but important nonetheless.
First, you need to lift the hood of your car and look for the oil filler cap (it’s the thing with the engine oil symbol on it). Then, you’re going to want to unscrew the oil cap and pour oil in. Ideally using a funnel, to ensure there’s no spillage, you’ll want to add a small amount of oil, cleaning up anything that spills with a paper towel or rag.
Use the oil dipstick to check the car’s engine oil level and make sure you’re working with the correct oil amount. Repeat the process of pouring in small amounts of oil and checking the dipstick, until you have enough oil (the level should be right between the markers). Finally, tightly replace the oil cap and close the hood. If you overfill the oil, you’ll want to be sure to drain any excess out until it’s at the right level.
Again, this is pretty basic car maintenance. Probably not exactly something that necessitates scrambling for the owner’s manual. But, this is something you definitely want to get right the first time.