How to Check Car Oil

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Motor oil is essential to your vehicle. If you want your car to run smoothly for many years to come, you will need to ensure that your vehicle has enough clean oil so that the moving parts of your engine are protected. Are you wondering when to check car oil, SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT near Anderson and Chico has the details. Read on to learn more about how to check car oil from our service experts.

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

If you have a newer vehicle, it is possible that the car has an electronic oil monitor rather than a traditional dipstick. You will find that information in your owner’s manual. If you need to check the oil manually, all you have to do is follow the quick and easy steps listed below:

  1. Park on level ground and be sure that the engine is off and cool.
  2. Open the hood of the vehicle to locate the dipstick.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe off the oil.
  4. Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube, then pull it out and look at both sides to inspect the level.

Dipsticks always have some way of indicating the proper oil level. If the top of your oil streak is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, it means that your car has enough oil and you are ready to hit the Red Bluff roads. If the level is not there, it means that more oil is required for your vehicle to operate at peak performance.

Check your owner’s manual to see what type of oil is recommended by the manufacturer. Once you have purchased the correct grade of motor oil, remove the oil filler cap, then add oil a little at a time until the dipstick indicates it is filled to the right amount.

Why Should You Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Although motor oil is sometimes an ignored component of your vehicle, it is more important than drivers may think. If you want your car to perform at its best and want to prevent mechanical issues down the road, you need to keep an eye on your vehicle’s oil level and quality. Generally, oil changes are recommended at least twice yearly, depending on the model and how it’s driven. You should check your oil monthly. This should ensure you have the right amount and that there are no leaks in the system. That being said, if you notice your car’s hood is hot to the touch or steam billowing out from under the hood, it could indicate a leak. Set up a service appointment as soon as possible.

Turn to SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT for Your Automotive Service Needs

For more information on how and when to check car oil, as well as any other maintenance task, rely on the experts at SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT. We would be glad to answer any questions that you may have. We can show you how to clean your leather car seats or the basics of transmission fluid checks! Contact us today.

 

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