Learn How to Check the Oil in Your Car

Checking oil level on dipstick

Checking the oil level in your car is a quick and easy maintenance task that anyone in Grand Island can do, and you might be surprised by how valuable it can be. If your oil levels drop too low, you could cause serious damage to your powertrain and engine – which can be extremely expensive to fix. So the service team at Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram recommends checking your car oil once per month. It only takes a few minutes, and it can save you from big repairs down the road!

Checking the Oil Level in a Car

Learning how to check the oil in your car is straightforward, so even total novices in Hastings can learn the steps in just a few minutes. And in fact, many new vehicles have electronic oil monitors that keep an eye on your oil level automatically. These systems will alert you when your oil levels drop too low, so you can top off with the formula of your choice. 

If your car does not have this system available, here are the steps for how to check the oil in your car manually:

  • Park the vehicle on level ground and let the engine cool completely.
  • Look for the oil dipstick by the engine. Check the owner’s manual if you can’t find it. Then pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, and place it back in its hilt.
  • Pull the dipstick out one more time to read the oil.
  • Your dipstick will have two lines or a cross-hatched area to indicate the proper level. If you have enough oil, simply place the dipstick back and you’re good to go.
  • If your oil levels are too low, add more oil with a funnel. You’ll need to remove the oil cap and add more – but make sure not to overfill. 

Scheduling Your Oil Change

Checking the oil level in your car is a good task to pencil in monthly, but how often do you need to get your oil changed completely? We recommend scheduling your service every 5,000 to 7,500 miles for the best results. You can take care of your oil changes in your own garage if you have the equipment and knowledge, but many Lexington drivers prefer to visit our service center. It’s only around an hour of your time, and it’s one of our most affordable services – especially with our rotating service coupons.

Get Expert Auto Care at Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Whether you’ve got questions about checking your oil or you’re ready for your next maintenance service, contact us today at Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to learn more about what we can do for you. You can even schedule your oil change online!

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