How to Check Car Oil

Man holding oil stick from car


One of the most important, but often overlooked, components of your vehicle is motor oil. It is essential to protect the moving parts of your engine, so your vehicle can perform at peak performance for as long as possible on the roads of East St. Louis. To make sure your vehicle has enough oil to function properly, you will need to periodically check the oil level. This is a simple task that can be done right at home. Learn how to check car oil from the experts at Auffenberg Volkswagen.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

If you drive a newer vehicle, there is a chance that your vehicle will have an electronic oil monitor instead of the traditional dipstick. If you are unsure about what your vehicle has, you can find that information in your owner’s manual. If you need to check the oil level manually, just follow the simple steps listed below:

  1. Park the vehicle on level ground. Before you begin, allow the engine to cool off. The engine should be off.
  2. Open the vehicle’s hood and find where the dipstick is located.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil off of the end.
  4. Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube, then pull it out again. Be sure to look at both sides for an accurate measurement. All dipsticks have a way of indicating where the oil level should fall. If the level is short of that, you will need to add additional oil.
Mechanic checking oil in car

Before you add any oil, make sure that you purchase the type the automaker recommends in the owner’s manual. Remove the oil filler cap, then add oil a little at a time until it is properly filled once again.

Why Should I Know How to Check Car Oil?

Because motor oil is so critical to vehicle performance and preventing costly repairs down the road, it is worth it to periodically take the time to ensure your vehicle has enough motor oil to function properly. You should change the oil in your vehicle at least twice a year, even if you do not do a lot of driving. Oil breaks down over time, whether you drive the car or not. Oil checks should be performed at least once a month. If you notice warning signs like the fact that your car’s hood is hot to the touch or there is steam billowing out from under the hood, it could indicate that there is an engine oil leak. This can lead to your vehicle overheating, so it is a good idea to have your car looked at by a professional.

Trust the Automotive Experts at Auffenberg Volkswagen

Whether you need an oil change, tire rotation, or more extensive repairs in the Madison area, you can always depend on the service center at Auffenberg Volkswagen. Contact us today if you have any questions.

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