What side of the dip stick should I look at to check my oil
Either side. Both should read the same
2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner’s Manual
Oil checking procedures begin on page 5-13 with a dipstick illustration on page 5-14.
Looks like there are 2 small holes through the tip of the stick indicating “Min” and “Max” levels. Apparently, once the level is up to “Min” then a quart brings it to “Max,” with fractional markings between the holes to figure out fractions of a quart. Word markings are on one side.
If you don’t have a manual for this car then I’d keep this handy. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to look through it and familiarize yourself with what’s in it.