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How to Check Car Oil



The motor oil of your vehicle, be it synthetic, conventional or a blend is the lifeblood of your vehicle. It’s crucial you have the right amount in order to protect the engine’s parts by keeping them clean and moving slowly. No matter where you go in Conway and beyond, keep things flowing smoothly with the service team at Beach Ford.



How to Check Oil Level in Car

Newer vehicles may have electronic oil monitors that will check for your oil levels for you, but you can confirm in your owner’s manual how to check car oil levels in your vehicle. If you can check the oil manually, here are the steps:

  1. Have the vehicle parked on level ground, and the engine is turned off and cold.
  2. Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it.
  4. 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.

There is a proper method of identifying oil levels, and it’s done by the sign on the dipstick. If the top of the oil streak is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, you have the proper levels. If it is below, you’ll need to add more oil. Simply remove the oil filler cap, then add oil a little at a time until the dipstick indicates you’ve reached the proper level.

How to Check Oil Level in Car: What’s the Point?

Many Murrells Inlet drivers don’t recognize the importance of maintaining proper oil levels and getting oil changes. Oil changes are recommended at least twice yearly, but the model and your driving routines may affect that routine. You should check your oil at least once a month as well. You can always feel confident there aren’t leaks, and your car has enough oil for all your journeys through Florence. If your car’s hood is hot to the touch or you have steam billowing out from under the hood this is a sure fire sign that you need to schedule a service appointment. An oil leak could cause serious issues.

Resetting Your Engine Oil Light: Step by Step

Generally, this process is pretty similar for each vehicle. Only reset your oil change light if you’ve actually changed your oil. If you miss an oil change, it can damage your car in the long run.

  1. Turn all systems of your car off, but leave the engine running.
  2. Find the “reset” button or stick on the dashboard (typically found near the speedometer and fuel gauge).
  3. Hold the button down until the oil change light begins to flash (sign of resetting may differ per vehicle).
  4. Turn the ignition off, wait a few seconds, then turn your car back on.

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