How to Check Oil in Car

oil change

As a responsible driver in the Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg areas, you know that scheduling oil changes isan important aspect in keeping your vehicle running smoothly for years to come. However, when do you know if you need an oil change or have low oil levels in your car? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

The oil experts at Faulkner Volkswagen answer your question on how to check oilin a car right below. Along with a step-by-step guide, you will also find why it’s crucial to check it often and what to do after to ensure your vehicle is healthy.

The Importance of Checking Your Engine Oil 

Engine Oil

Oil gives life to your car by acting as a lubricant for your engine. It also cools the whole system down by limiting friction between all the moving parts, reducing heat. This can decrease the chance of your engine overheating and prevent possible mishaps, like fires, under your hood.

Over time, oil can diminish and become dirty or sludgy because, while it’s working, it collects dust, dirt, and debris. Low oil levels or dirty oil is unable to properly do its job, which can cause pricey repairs to your engine if not corrected as soon as possible. This is where checking your oil frequently comes in.

How to Check Your Vehicle’s Oil 

Once a month, you should see if your oil has become dirty or lowered in level. Don’t know how? Worry not, here are five simple steps you can follow to check your oil.

1. After your car’s engine has been turned off and cooled down, pop open your hood and find your dipstick. This should be located in the front or back of your engine depending on the make and model of your vehicle.

2. Once you find it, pull it out and wipe it clean with an un-used rag.

3. After it has been cleaned, place it back into the pipe it came from. The dipstick can get stuck since there is an obvious curve in it. If this happens, try sticking it in the other way and it should slide in just fine.

4. Pull the dipstick out again and look at the end. Here, you’ll find labels that indicate the amount of oil you have in your vehicle. This is the time to take note of if your oil level is “full” or you need to “add” some. Also, make sure you check the color of the oil, as well.

5. After your thorough inspection, place the stick back into the pipe and you’re done. That’s all there is to it!

What Steps to Take Next 

Dip Stick

After you check your oil, there are things you should do to make sure your oil is clean, full, and ready to work like it needs to. If you need assistance with these steps, you can always reach out to the professionals at your authorized dealership.

My Oil is at the Full Line– Did your oil reach the “full” line when you checked the end of your dipstick? If so, there is no need to add oil and you’re good to go.

My Oil is at the Add Line– This means it’s time to add oil into your vehicle.

My Oil is Dirty– Clean oil looks amber, clear, and smooth. If your oil looks dark, dirty, or thick, this is your car telling you it’s time to make an appointment to have your oil changed.

Schedule an Oil Change at Faulkner Volkswagen Today 

Whether you need help on how to check oilin a car or it is time for an oil change, the professionals at our dealership have you covered. Make an appointment as soon as possible! Our certified techs are available to assist drivers in the Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg areas.

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