SERVICE/MAINTENANCE 49

The engine In your vehicle depends on oil to lubricate and cool all of its moving parts. Therefore, the engine oil should be checked regularly and kept at the required level.
Make it a habit to have the engine oil level checked with every fuel filling.
Lack of sufficient engine oil may lead to severe engine damage.
The oil pressure gauge Is not an oil level Indicator.

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Checking the engine oil level
• Heed warnings on pages 46 and 47.
• To get a true reading, the vehicle should be on level ground. After turning off the engine, wait a few minutes for the oil to return to the oil pan.
• Pull out dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag.
• Reinsert dipstick; push it all the way in for an accurate reading.
• Pull dipstick out again. The oil level is correct if it is between the "min" and "max" marks on the dipstick.

If oil level is below "min" mark or not showing on dipstick, add oil immediately.

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Adding engine oil
• Turn off the engine.
• Unscrew cap from valve cover.
• Only add the amount of oil that is needed. The difference between the "min" and "max" marks on the dipstick is about 1 U.S. quart or 1 liter. Always select a quality oil with the correct specifications. See "Specifications" in this manual.
• Replace cap and hand tighten securely.

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