How to Check Car Oil

Mechanic checking oil level

Perhaps it goes without saying, but engine oil is an important part of your Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, or RAM vehicle’s normal daily operation in Taylor. In fact, engine oil, or as it’s sometimes referred to, “motor oil” or simply “car oil,” is necessary to get your car moving without any major mechanical issues. Oil lubricates your engine’s internal components, preventing friction and, further down the line, potentially catastrophic engine failure. Accordingly, it’s important to check your oil level regularly. So, let’s dive into how to check your car oil below! Have questions while reading? Just reach out!


How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Many newer vehicles boast electronic oil monitoring systems that don’t require you to check with a regular dipstick. So, we recommend checking your vehicle’s owner’s manual before even popping the hood to see if that’s the case for you. If it is, you’ll be able to see what percentage of oil level is left, or sometimes, even check the remaining “oil life.”

That said, if you are in fact using a dipstick to check your oil the old school way, here’s what you’ll want to do:

  1. Park the vehicle on level ground. Keep it off for a while so it’s completely cool.
  2. Pop the hood and locate the oil dipstick.
  3. Pull out the dipstick and wipe the oil off it.
  4. Put the dipstick back in. Then remove it once more and see where the oil is. Normally, dipsticks are marked with two dots or cross-hatches, and if the oil level is in-between them, you have enough. If not, it’s time to add more oil.

Adding in more oil to your vehicle? Make sure you use the grade and oil type recommended in the owner’s manual. Next, remove the oil filler cap, and add oil a little bit at a time until your dipstick registers oil in-between the two marks.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level at All?

Why should you check your car’s oil level in Georgetown? As stated above, it’s extremely important to the normal, regular engine function of your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM or other vehicle! All internal combustion engines require engine oil to keep things moving smoothly throughout the engine and filter out impurities. Oil lubricates components like the crankshaft and pistons to make sure metal doesn’t rub on metal.

How to Reset Your Oil Change Light

Resetting the oil change light will, no doubt, be different for each new vehicle we sell at our Cameron area dealership and service center, not to mention other vehicles from different makes. But in general, the process of resetting an oil change light should be fairly similar for most any vehicle. Here’s an overview for more context, brought to you by our service experts.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Reset an Oil Change Light:

  1. Turn all systems of your car off, but keep the engine on.
  2. Locate the “reset” button or stick on the dashboard. Normally this is found by the speedometer and tachometer behind the steering wheel.
  3. Hold the button down until the oil change light begins to flash.
  4. Turn the car off, wait a few seconds, then turn it back on.

Your oil light should now be reset!

Get an Oil Change at Nyle Maxwell CDJR of Taylor

Now that you know how to check the oil level in your car in College Station, if you’d rather leave the job to the pros, we can help! Contact our service experts today for help scheduling service, and be sure to take advantage of our oil change service coupons to save more come the next time you need an oil change.

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