How to Check Car Oil

Oil Change

Maintaining proper oil levels and quality is vital to your new car’s performance, so knowing how to check car oil is key. Oil is needed to lubricate engine components to minimize friction. Too much friction can cause excess wear and tear on your engine, causing it to wear out sooner than it should. Oil also helps to absorb heat, which allows the internal parts of the engine to work harmoniously without overheating. Learn what to do and how to find the signs it’s time for an oil change with the pros at Fisher Acura.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Many modern vehicles feature electronic oil monitors, automatically alerting you to issues, but if yours doesn’t, it’s still easy to check oil levels manually.

  • Park your vehicle on level ground. Turn the engine off and let it cool before beginning.
  • Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  • Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it.
  • Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube. Pull it out, observing both sides. This will show you your oil level.

If the top of your oil streak is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, the level is good. If not, you’ll need to add more oil to prevent issues. Oil keeps your car’s parts working together, so adding this vital fluid will save you time and headache in the future.  Check your owner’s manual for the recommended oil-grade level. Remove the oil filler cap, then slowly add oil until the dipstick indicates you’ve reached the proper level.
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How Often Should You Check Your Oil?

Ideally, you should check the oil level in your car at least once a month, but more often is preferred. This task takes just a few short minutes and can save you a lot of hassle down the road. Checking your oil is a good way to be aware of any problems with your vehicle, such as a slow leak or burning oil. These issues should be addressed by a professional as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Schedule an Oil Change in Boulder

Our certified technicians are here to make your next maintenance appointment easy and affordable, with regular service specials and friendly customer service. If performing an at-home oil change isn’t your preference, schedule service with us today to keep you Acura performing at its best. You can also find plenty of additional service features such as premium vs. regular gas or how to clean leather car seats. We look forward to working with you!