How to Check Car Oil

Auto Mechanic Checking Oil

Your vehicle’s oil is the lifeblood of your new or used Land Rover vehicle, which is why it’s essential to make sure there’s enough oil to protect all of the engine’s internal moving parts. Learn more about checking your vehicle’s oil from the service team at Land Rover Charleston near Huntington.

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

There are newer vehicles that have electronic oil monitors instead of traditional dipsticks. First, check your owner’s manual for recommendations. If you’re checking the oil manually at home, follow these steps:

  1. Park your car on level ground, and make sure that the engine is cold.
  2. Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  3. Remove the dipstick and wipe away any oil from the end of it with a rag or paper towel.
  4. Re-insert the dipstick back into its tube, then pull the dipstick back out and look at both sides to see where the level is.

Dipsticks have a way of indicating the proper oil level. If the top of your oil streak is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, the oil level is good. If it isn’t, it’s time to add more oil. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual to learn which grade is recommended. Remove the oil cap, then add a little bit of oil at a time until the dipstick indicates that you’ve reached the proper level.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Having the correct oil level is essential to ensuring a safe and reliable performance. It’s recommended to have an oil change at least twice a year, depending on the vehicle you drive and how it’s driven. Oil checks should be done at least once a month, so you can be confident that there aren’t any leaks and your vehicle has enough oil for all of your drives through Parkersburg and Wheeling. With that said, if your car’s hood is too hot to touch or there’s steam billowing out, schedule a service appointment right away. Your car could have an oil leak, and the engine is overheating.

Let Additional Service Tips with Land Rover Charleston!

At Land Rover Charleston, we offer service specials to use on your next visit. We’ll also answer questions like how much is an oil change and how long does an oil change take. Schedule your next service appointment with us or contact usfor further assistance. 

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