How to Check Car Oil

Checking oil level on dipstick
 

It’s not a stretch of the imagination to say that motor oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle, and you should always make sure that there is the right amount of it inside to protect your engine. Oil is vital because it protects the moving parts of the inside of your motor, preventing harm and damage which can quickly add up while you’re driving around St. Simons. Find out more about how to check oil levels in your car, so that you’re keeping your car running smoothly for years to come. If you have any questions about the process, you can always contact us today to speak to our service team, who are ready to help with everything you need, such as finding out how long an oil change takes.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Some newer vehicles have electronic oil monitors that don’t use traditional dipsticks, so start by checking your owner’s manual for the automaker’s recommendations. If you’re checking the oil manually, simply follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground and that the engine is turned off and cold.
  2. Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it.
  4. Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube, then pull it out and look at both sides to see where the level is.

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, the level is good. If it isn’t, you’ll need to add more oil. It’s also important to remember to be sure to buy the grade recommended in the owner’s manual. Once you’re ready, remove the oil filler cap, then add oil a little at a time until the dipstick indicates you’ve reached the proper level.

Why Is it Important to Check Your Oil Levels?

Oil is one of the most often overlooked parts of the maintenance process, because the right oil level is essential to your vehicle’s performance while you’re driving around Waycross. Generally, oil changes are recommended at least twice yearly, depending on the model and how it’s driven. Oil checks should be performed at least once a month. This way, you can always feel confident that there are no leaks, and your car has enough oil for all your journeys through Jessup. That being said, if you notice your car’s hood is hot to the touch or steam billowing out from under the hood, schedule a service appointment without delay. Your car could have an oil leak and the engine is overheating. 

How to Reset Oil Change Light

While each vehicle has a specific process for resetting the oil change light, the general process is the same. However, you’ll only want to reset the oil change light if you’ve actually changed your oil. If you accidentally miss an oil change, it can damage your car in the long run.

How to Reset Oil Change Light: Step-by-Step:

  • Turn all systems of your car off, but leave the engine running.
  • Find the “reset” button or stick on the dashboard (typically found near the speedometer and fuel gauge).
  • Hold the button down until the oil change light begins to flash (sign of resetting may differ per vehicle).
  • Turn the ignition off, wait a few seconds, then turn your car back on.

At this point, the oil light should be reset. If you have any questions regarding how to reset your oil change light, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!

Let Our Service Team Hand The Rest

If you feel like your vehicle is in need of a detailed service, then let our expert team take care of every part of the process. Our selection of service specials make it easy for you to save plenty while keeping your vehicle in optimal condition for years to come.

 

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