How to Check Car Oil

Oil check

It may sound a bit dramatic to say so, but motor oil should be regarded as the lifeblood of your Martinsville vehicle. As such, it’s important to know how to check oil in a car so you can be sure the levels are always at the proper place. Thankfully, the steps for checking the oil level in a car are straightforward and easy to follow – learn more with the friendly auto service pros at the Gunter CDJR Martinsville service department!

Learn How to Check Oil Level in a Car

If you’re driving a late model year vehicle, it may be equipped with an electronic oil life monitor that doesn’t use the traditional dipstick method you may be accustomed to. If your car requires you to manually check the oil level, follow the simple steps highlighted below:

  1. Park your car on stable ground, turn it off, and wait for the engine to be fully cooled off.
  2. Pop the hood and locate the dipstick.
  3. Remove the dipstick from the engine and wipe it off.
  4. Put the dipstick all the way back in, then remove it again and check both sides to determine where the oil level is sitting.

Most dipsticks indicate your vehicle’s oil level with two marks or a cross-hatched area. If the top of the oil line sits right between those two marks or it falls within the cross-hatched area, your oil level is fine. If it’s lower than either of these points, you’ll need to add more.

Before moving forward with adding the oil, check your owner’s manual to ensure you have the right grade on hand. Then, remove the oil filler cap and add more oil a little bit at a time, checking the dipstick as you go until the oil level hits the proper mark.

Why Is it Important to Check the Oil Level?

When life gets busy in Danville, it’s easy for drivers to forget about checking their car’s oil. Still, maintaining the proper oil level and having full oil changes at regular intervals is vital to ensuring your car delivers peak performance for many years to come. While oil changes are usually only necessary at least twice per year, oil level checks should be performed on a monthly basis. This will ensure you catch any leaks in the system and have them taken care of promptly, helping to avoid overheating on your Reidsville, NC commute.

Get Trusted Oil Change Service at Gunter CDJR Martinsville

After learning how to check the oil in your car, we hope you’re feeling confident and prepared to perform this simple task from your home. If you need help along the way, don’t hesitate to contact our team! Of course, you’re welcome to schedule an appointment with our factory-trained technicians as well. Be sure to browse our service specials and coupons beforehand, and check our service tips for answers to additional questions like how often to change spark plugs, how to change brake lights, and much more!


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Gunter CDJR Martinsville
Gunter CDJR Martinsville
4750 Greensboro Rd
Ridgeway, VA, 24148 United States
Gunter CDJR Martinsville 36.6291585, -79.8595327.