Making sure you have the right amount of oil in your car is an essential part of maintaining your engine; it’s perhaps the most important chemical you pour in your car. Checking your oil level is easy for any driver to do, and keeping an eye on it whether you’re sticking to the streets in Petoskey or headed out to the hills can keep your vehicle running for much longer.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

The first step for any driver when checking their vehicle’s oil level and condition is to consult their owner’s manual, just like rotating your own tires. This is because some newer vehicles use electronic oil monitors and not dipsticks. If your car, van, truck, or SUV uses the latter, the process is simple:

  • Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground and that the engine has cooled off.
  • Find the dipstick under your hood.
  • Once it’s out, wipe any oil from the end of the dipstick.
  • Put the dipstick back in, then pull it out and look at both sides to see where the level is.

If you notice the oil level between the two marks or cross hatched area on the dipstick, you’re where you need to be. If it isn’t, you’ll need to add more.

Always use recommended-grade oil as listed in your owner’s manual. Usually, if you need to add more oil, you’ll need to remove the oil filler cap before putting more in your engine.

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At Fernelius Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we offer rotating service specials and employ expert service techs to help wheels keep spinning on Indian River roads for years to come. Don’t have the time? Unsure about what to do or where to go? Schedule service online with us today, or contact us. Wondering how long your oil change will take? Consult our expert service tips so you can plan your appointment near Onaway accordingly, and don’t miss out on our used vehicles priced under 10K, or our guide to Mopar!

 

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