How to Check Car Oil - Information and Steps

Checking oil level on dipstick


When you’re driving around Simi Valley your car is running because of the motor oil. Motor oil’s function is to keep all of the parts of your motor moving fluidly. It is one of the most important components of a functioning engine. If you run low on oil, you could end up damaging your vehicle, so it’s important to understand how to check car oil. Keep reading about how to check the oil level in your car with our Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram team. We are here to help you through the process and make it simple to learn how to check car oil. Get started with us below!

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car Step-by-Step

With new technology comes new mechanisms for maintaining your vehicle. Some new cars have electronic monitors in lieu of the traditional dipstick. It’s important to check the owner’s manual to know which one your car has, and to know which type of oil your car operates on, and how much oil is the proper amount for your vehicle. When you go to check your oil, make sure you have a scrap rag to wipe the dipstick on. Oil can get messy so be aware going forward. Follow these steps to learn how to check the oil level in your car:

  1. You need to be sure that your car is on level ground to get a proper measurement. You will also need to have your engine off and give it enough time to cool down.
  2. Once the engine is cold, pop the hood and locate the dipstick.
  3. Remove the dipstick from the engine and wipe the oil on the end onto a rag.
  4. Put the clean dipstick back into the tube, and pull it out. Check both sides of the dipstick to confirm the level of oil.

You’ll know whether or not you have the proper amount of oil by observing the markings on the dipstick. There may be two marks or a cross-hatched section that inform you that you have the correct oil amount. If the level is below this markings then you will need to add more oil using a funnel. Look into your owner’s manual for specific instructions for your vehicle.

Why Should You Check Your Oil Levels?

This routine maintenance is often negated in our daily activities, but it is absolutely crucial for engine performance. In general, the recommendation for oil changes is twice a year or every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. This will also depend on the kind of oil your car uses and your driving habits. It is worthwhile to do a self-check every month. You will have confidence that your oil tank has no leaks and your car is ready to carry you through Thousand Oaks and San Fernando Valley with ease.

If you do notice some issues like the hood of your vehicle being hot to the touch or steam coming out from beneath the hood, then you should schedule a service appointment right away. These are signs that your engine is overheating and could have an oil leak.

How to Reset Your Oil Change Light

After an oil change, you should reset your oil change light. This will signal to your vehicle that you have the proper oil amount, and if the light comes back on that is something worth checking. While this tip is handy if you’re doing a DIY oil change, you don’t want to turn off your oil light to skip service. If you miss an oil change it can cause long-term damage to the vehicle that is hard to come back from.

How to Reset Oil Change Light: 

  • Turn off all the systems of the vehicle, but let the engine run.
  • The reset button is typically located near the speedometer and fuel gauge or on one of the dashboard sticks.
  • Reset signs vary with each vehicle, but you will want to hold down the button until the light begins to flash or a change occurs in the light.
  • You’ll then want to turn off the ignition, give it a minute or two, then turn it back on.

This should have reset your oil light.

Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is Here to Keep Your Vehicle in Top Shape

If you still have questions about the amount of oil in your vehicle or any signs that your car may need an oil change, feel free to contact us at Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Our service team is here to help with any of your needs. If you are coming in for a routine service check, make sure to explore our service specials before you come in and see how you can save some money.

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