How to Check Your Engine Oil Level

Checking your oil on a regular basis is a key part to keeping your vehicle's engine running well and getting the most miles out of it. Think of your engine oil as the life's blood of your car's engine. The vehicle's engine oil lubricates the engine's internal moving parts and keeps them from wearing quickly. Checking the vehicle's oil is an easy and quick job that we recommend you do often. All you will need to check your engine oil level is paper towel/rag. 

Some of the newer vehicles have an electronic oil monitor and do not have a dipstick to check the oil level. On most vehicles that have the digital screen that presents the oil life, it is on your display screen on your dash. 

If you are checking the oil yourself, make sure the car is parked on level ground and we recommend the engine to be cold. With the vehicle's engine off, open the vehicle's hood and locate the engine oil dipstick. Pull the dipstick out from the engine and wipe any oil off the end of it. Insert the dipstick back into its tube and push it all the way back in. Pull it back out and look at both sides of the dipstick to see where the oil is on the end. Each dipstick has a way of indicating the proper oil level. There may the letters "L" and "H" (low and high), two pinholes,  the words "MIN and MAX" or an area that has crosshatching on it. If the top of the oil on the dipstick is located between the marks then the oil level is good. If the oil is below the minimum mark, you will need to add the required oil for the vehicle. 

Call us today if you are unsure on how to check your oil and we can have a service technician show you how to correctly check it. 

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