Auto Mechanic Checking Oil

How to Check Car Oil

Motor oil lubricates the moving parts of your engine so that it doesn’t overheat due to friction. Whether you drive a sedan, SUV, or work truck in Round Rock, knowing how to check car oil can keep your engine running smoothly and prevent costly damage. Learn more with the guide below from the friendly auto service team at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!



How to Check the Oil Level in a Car

If you want to save money on auto repairs, the first thing you should do is learn how to check the oil level. In a car, SUV, or truck, the process is relatively simple! Some newer vehicles have electronic oil monitors that alert you when you’re due for an oil change. Many vehicles still require a manual oil check with the traditional oil dipstick. Here’s how to check the oil level in a car manually:

  1. Park your car on level ground and turn off the engine.
  2. Ensure that the engine has had at least 30 minutes to cool down.
  3. Open the hood and locate the oil dipstick.
  4. Pull the dipstick out of the oil reservoir, and wipe any oil from the end.
  5. Re-insert the dipstick, taking care to push it all the way back into its tube.
  6. Carefully pull it back out, and inspect the oil level on both sides.

There should be marking on the dipstick indicating the proper oil level. If your oil reaches within that area, your oil level is good. If it’s low, unscrew the oil reservoir cap and add oil gradually, stopping often to re-check the level.

Why Should You Learn How to Check Car Oil?

Learning how to check car oil is an essential skill in your DIY car-care toolbox. That’s because oil has a huge impact on your vehicle’s overall health! Not only does oil keep your engine properly lubricated, but it actively prevents overheating. Experts recommend checking your oil at home once per month and oil change service once or twice yearly. Keep in mind that your vehicle may need more or less frequent oil changes, especially if conditions are extra dusty where you drive in Cedar Park.

How to Reset the Oil Change Light

Now that you know how to check car oil and when to get an oil change, you may notice that the “oil change” dash light is still on after you return from oil change service. To fix this, all you need is a quick reset. Here’s how to reset the oil change light in your car:

  • Turn off all electronic systems in your car, but leave the engine running.
  • On the dashboard, find the “reset” button. It’s typically located near the speedometer and fuel gauges.
  • Press the button and hold until the oil change light begins to flash.
  • Turn off the ignition. After waiting a few seconds, turn on the ignition.

Rely on Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for Expert Oil Change Service 

Why do so many Austin drivers count on us for their regular Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram service? We’re proud to offer fair prices, expert car care advice, and certified auto service to drivers across Georgetown. Whether you have questions about your alternator or are looking to schedule your next routine maintenance check-up, contact us today!

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