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How to Check Car Oil

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To keep your vehicle running like new on the Watertown roads, changing your oil is essential. To know when to change your oil, it’s vital to know how to check oil level in your car. Learn more about how to check car oil level with the service experts at Brookings Auto Mall, and then schedule a service with us to get you back on the road.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

You’ll need to locate the dipstick to check your car’s oil. However, some newer vehicles don’t have dipstick and instead have electronic oil monitors. You’ll want to check the owner’s manual to know exactly how to check car oil on your car. To check the oil on your car manually, here are some simple steps:

  1. Park the car on level ground.
  2. If the car was on, turn it off and let the engine cool off for a few minutes.
  3. Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  4. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it.
  5. 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.

If the oil level on the dipstick is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, then the oil level is good. If it’s below this mark, then you’ll need to add more oil. If you’re not sure whether you need a certain kind of oil, your owner’s manual will tell you.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Knowing how to check car oil is crucial to knowing when your oil needs changed. Usually, oil changes are recommended twice a year to keep your vehicle running smoothly on Brookings roads. You should check your car oil at least once a month to keep an eye out for any problems. Having fresh oil in your engine will ensure your oil doesn’t build up, which can lead to serious engine damage.

For more tips about oil, transmission fluid, or other car-maintenance tips cleaning car floor mats, visit Brookings Auto Mall.

Schedule an Oil Change at Brookings Auto Mall

Now that you know how to check car oil level, you are better equipped to keep your car in top condition for your next Mitchell commute. You can also learn more helpful tips, like how to jump start a car, when you visit us. Contact us to get an appointment with our service department for anything you need to get back on the Brookings roads.


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