I have a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country & my oil was low but I thought it was my transmission fluid so i added a quart of transmission fluid to my oil but the oil dipstick is still reading low so should I just add a couple quarts of oil or should i get an oil change?
so i added a quart of transmission fluid to my oil
A quart of transmission fluid shouldn't hurt anything.
but the oil dipstick is still reading low
so should I just add a couple quarts of oil
You should definitely maintain a safe level of oil at all times. If you need a "couple" of quarts in between oil changes then you have much bigger problem lurking in your engine.
or should i get an oil change?
You can but the more important thing is for them to identify why you are losing oil.
An engine should be losing ZERO oil in between oil changes.
If you are running low on oil then it is either leaking somewhere or burning.
Leaking is usually easy to find since one part of your engine will be considerably dirtier than the rest.
Burning is much harder to diagnose since it can be caused by things such as:
- Driving aggressively
- Waiting too long in between oil changes
- Using the wrong oil
- Worn piston rings
At most I would tolerate a half quart of lost oil in between oil changes; unless it's a Subaru 😂