How to Check Car Oil

Man checking car oil
Motor oil is important for a healthy running vehicle. Checking the oil level is important to protect the engine’s internal moving parts when you drive. No matter whether you’re sticking to the streets of Henderson or heading far from Boulder City, you’ll want to ensure you have enough oil in your vehicle. Read on to learn more about how to check car oil from the service team at Findlay Mazda!

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Not sure where to start? Some newer vehicles have electronic oil monitors that don’t use traditional dipsticks. First, you’ll want to start by checking your owner’s manual for the automaker’s recommendations as well as where to locate the dipstick if your vehicle has one. 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. Be sure to buy the grade recommended in the owner’s manual, remove the oil filler cap, then add oil a little at a time until the dipstick indicates you’ve reached the proper level.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Most times, drivers overlook their vehicle’s oil level. Maintaining your vehicle’s proper oil level is essential to keep your model running like it should on Henderson roads. 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 the journeys ahead. 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.

Let the Findlay Mazda Service Team Keep Your Car in Prime Condition

Learn more about our services and available service specials to save more on the maintenance your vehicle needs. Want to learn more about checking the oil, how often to get the oil changed, to learn about the Mazda dashboard lights, or looking for more service tips and tricks? Trust the team at Findlay Mazda. Contact us today with any questions.

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