What color is engine oil?

I am going to check my oil today, but I realized I don’t even know what healthy oil should look like. What color is engine oil?

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Answer provided by
Nick Kunze
Answered on Apr 14, 2022
Engine oil starts as an amber color and gets progressively darker over time.
When you pour oil into your engine, it should be a light amber. It can also be described as tan or caramel—somewhere in the Venn Diagram of red, yellow, and orange.
As engine oil is used, it gets dirty, taking on sludge and dirt. This makes it thicker in texture and darker in color. Once it becomes too dark, it is time for an oil change.
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