How to Check Car Oil in O'Fallon

September 19th, 2018 by

Mechanic pulling dip stick out of car engine

Oil helps to lubricate the engine parts, so they can move smoothly and work correctly as you drive around Lebanon. When left unchecked, car oil in your new Nissan or used vehicle gets dirty from debris — and if the levels are too low, it can lead to more serious damage. That’s why it’s important the regularly check your oil levels.

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How do You Check Car Oil?

Luckily, checking car oil is a simple process. If you’re asking yourself, “Should I check my oil when the engine is hot or cold?”, the answer depends on the automaker. While it makes sense to check the oil while the engine is cold to avoid burns, some automakers recommend warming up the engine first — always check your manual!

To check your vehicle’s oil:

  1. Make sure your vehicle is on level ground and the engine is off.
  2. Open the hood and locate the vehicle dipstick.
  3. Pull out the dipstick, wipe off all oil, then put the dipstick all the way back in.
  4. After a second or two, pull the dipstick back out and check the level.
  5. There should be two indicators, such as pinholes, lines, or letters. If the oil is between the two indicators, your car oil level is fine. If it’s below the bottom indicator, you’ll need to add oil.

Check Car Oil Color

While you check the level, you also want to check the oil color, which should be black or brown. If it looks milky, it could mean that you have a coolant leak. If the oil looks gritty or dirty, it’s time for an oil change.

Typically, oil should be changed every 3,000 – 5,000 miles for standard oil. Synthetic oils can last longer. It also depends on the type of vehicle and engine you have, so be sure to check your owner’s manual.

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Whether you want to bring your car in for a professional oil change, or you are worried about a fluid leak, the certified technicians at the Auffenberg Nissan service center ready to assist you. Stop by today!

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