How to Check Car Oil

Auto Mechanic Checking Oil


Any driver who owns or leases a car should know how to check car oil as it’s one of the easiest ways you can maintain your vehicle’s health. An oil level that is too low can cause serious damage to an engine. Fortunately, checking a car’s oil is one of the simplest things you can do to maintain your vehicle and our team is here to help you by making it even easier. Most of our Lafayette customers have no problem doing it at all. Our service department wants to help you keep your car running for years to come. That’s why we’ve put together the helpful guide below on how to check the oil level in a car. If you find yourself still having any questions about the process, we’ll be able to make it easier than ever today. 

How to Check the Oil Level in a Car

It’s important to check your car’s oil on a regular basis. Many of our Brownsburg customers check their oil whenever they stop for gas. Of course, if you need any help at all, feel free to schedule a service appointment with us. Here’s how to check the oil level in a car:

How to Check Car Oil

  1. Make sure the car is off, and the engine has had enough time to cool down.
  2. Open the hood and locate the dipstick.
  3. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag or paper towel.
  4. Stick the dipstick back in all the way.
  5. Pull out the dipstick again and examine the tip.

Reading the Dipstick

We can’t really explain how to check car oil without explaining how to read a dipstick. Follow these steps:

  1. Locate the cross-hatched area on the dipstick near the tip.
  2. Oil should reach somewhere inside the cross-hatched area.
  3. If the oil does not reach the cross-hatched area, add a quart of oil.
  4. Run your car’s engine, turn the car off, then check the oil again.

Our service center technicians are ready and able to assist you with any other service or maintenance needs you have. While you’re here, check out our service specials. And if you enjoyed this handy guide on how to check a car’s oil, make sure to check out our other oil change advice. 

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Danville drivers that are ready to get the expert help of our service center will find that our expert team can handle all of their vehicle’s needs. Find out today for yourself what we can do for you in Crawfordsville, and then contact us with any questions that you still have.

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