Oil Cap

How to Check Car Oil

There are plenty of different makes and models out there, but they all have one thing in common: they require motor oil. Properly maintaining your vehicle’s oil can help you stay safer on Rio Rancho roads and beyond by saving your vehicle’s engine from overheating. Learn more about proper motor oil maintenance and more with the University Mazda service team so you can keep your engine’s components running smoothly. Check out our service guide on how to check car oil before you schedule a service appointment with our service team.

Learn How to Check Oil Level in Car

Want to know how to check oil level in a car at home? Our team can help. Most newer vehicles are equipped with an electronic oil monitor that replaces the traditional dipstick. If you’re not sure where to check, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If you’re trying to check your oil level manually, follow the instructions in our guide here:

  1. Park your car on a level surface and make sure the vehicle is off and has had time to cool. 
  2. Open the hood of the car and find the dipstick.
  3. Take the dipstick out and use a rag to remove the oil at the end of it.
  4. Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube, then pull it out again. Examine each side of the dipstick to determine the oil level. 

Now that you’ve checked your vehicle’s oil level, how can you tell if your car has the proper oil level? If you see a dipstick, make sure the top of the oil streak is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area to help you determine how much oil is required for your vehicle. If the oil mark is lower, more oil is needed. Again, you’ll want to check your owner’s manual to see what type of oil is recommended by the manufacturer. After purchasing the correct type of oil, remove the oil filler cap, and add oil until the dipstick indicates it is full.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

After learning how to check car oil levels, you may be wondering exactly how important this service is. Many drivers that avoid the task of checking the oil level will see more signs of damage to the engine and engine components. Most vehicles should have an oil change at least twice a year, but this frequency can change depending on your driving habits. Check your oil level once a month to be sure. 

Learn How to Check Oil Level in Car & More with University Mazda

At University Mazda you can get more service tips and tricks as well as service specials to help you save on the services your vehicle needs. If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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