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How to Check Car Oil

Regularly checking the oil in your car is a simple way to increase the longevity of your vehicle in Las Vegas, no matter if you’re commuting in the city or via highway. Protecting the internal components of your car engine will keep your vehicle working in optimal condition. Knowing how to check car oil will let you know if the oil needs to be replenished or that it’s time to schedule a service appointment for an oil change, keeping you updated on your vehicle’s maintenance routine. Learn more about how to check car oil with the service team at Findlay Acura.

Learn How to Check Oil Level in Your Car

Before you check your oil in your car, read your owner’s manual to determine whether your North Las Vegas vehicle has a traditional dipstick. For newer vehicles,some have an electronic oil monitor.

If your vehicle still has the traditional dipstick, follow these steps to check the oil level:

  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. Where is the dipstick? It should be in front of the engine and likely says “oil.” Again, if there is no dipstick, your car, truck, or SUV might have an electronic oil monitor.
  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.

The dipstick in your car will have some way of indicating the proper oil level, typically a hashmark. If the top of your oil streak is between two marks or within a crosshatched area, the level is good. If not, you’ll need to add more oil.

Also, check in with your owners manual again and buy the grade recommended for your vehicle. To refill the oil, remove the oil filler cap, adding a small amount of oil at a time until the dipstick indicates you’ve reached the proper level. After adding oil, wait a minute or two before checking again to ensure the level is correct.

How Often Should I Check the Oil Level in My Car?

It’s best to check your oil at least once a month. Without the proper amount of oil, your engine won’t be probably lubricated. This could lead to serious damage to your engine. If you decide to change your oil at home, keep in mind knowing how to check the oil in your car is a much easier process than draining and changing the oil and replacing the oil filter as well. Contact our service team for help!

Schedule a Service Appointment with Findlay Acura

Now that you know how to check the oil level in your car, don’t hesitate to contact us at Findlay Acura with any questions on checking for fluid leaks, to learn about battery replacement, how long brakes last, and more! Looking for a new vehicle? Check out our lineup of Acura models! Our finance team can explain the many financing options available!

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