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Specifics may depend on the make and model. Typically, with the engine off and the vehicle on level ground you just pull the dipstick, wipe it off, slide it back in and look at the oil that is now on the dipstick. There is usually some kind of marking on the dipstick that indicates the full mark, and the low mark. Usually when it's low it means that you should add a quart. If it's anywhere in the middle, between low and full, you're probably ok. If the oil is very dark it's time for a change... unless it's a diesel, in which case you just have to keep track of the miles and change it when it's due. Diesel engine oil goes black almost immediately, so you can't get too concerned about that.

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Is the check engine oil light the same as the check engine light?

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Will the check engine light come on with no oil in the car?

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