Another car question

@olisaur (1932)
United States
August 21, 2010 12:35pm CST
OK, as I've said before I really know nothing about cars. The concern I have right now is about my engine oil- my dad borrowed my car for a bout 20 minutes earlier today, about 5 minutes after he left, I went out to adjest the seat back and make sure the windows were closed. I figured while I was there I'd check the coolant and oil levels because I haven't done so for a while. The coolant looked fine, but when I pulled out the oil dipstick, I noticed there was steam coming out of it's hole. I checked it quickly- the level was fine- and put it back. But when I did so I accidentally let the stick touch the plastic thing around the dipstick leaving a drop or two of oil. I quickly dabbed what I could of it. I am paranoid that it's a fire hazard now and I'm worried about the steam I saw. Is that steam normal if you check oil right after a car's been driven? And will the droplets be dangerous?
5 responses
@urbandekay (18312)
21 Aug 10
It's fine, don't worry all the best urban
1 person likes this
@webzap (885)
• Philippines
22 Aug 10
Car engine are still hot, very hot after each use. That is the reason why steam came up when you open the top cover of the engine. It's fine tho, so no worries about it.
@bird123 (10486)
• United States
21 Aug 10
I few drops of oil won't hurt. It might smoke for a while but you should be ok. Motor oil is not like gasoline. It's not readily flamable.
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
21 Aug 10
It is just fine for small steam to come out, the engine oil is hot. no fire hazard, dont worry about that, better check the water level on the radiator, brake fluid level you may also want to fill up the wind shield washer container.
@dopey123 (71)
• United States
21 Aug 10
If the oil is like thick black then it needs to be changed. Most oil is super hot when i car is on and it takes about 30 minutes before it cools. I don't think you have anything to worry about , but I never went to car school so ha