How to Check Car Oil

checking the engine oil
Your engine depends on motor oil to keep everything working properly. Checking the oil in your car on a regular basis is an easy way to increase the lifespan of your car for years to come in Starkville. Knowing how to check car oil will let you know if the oil needs to be replenished or if your car needs an oil change. Learn more about how to check car oil with the service team at Barnes Crossing Volkswagen. Then check out our service specials for your next oil change.

Learn How to Check Oil Level in Your Car

The first step in checking your oil in your car in Oxford is to read your owner’s manual. Some newer vehicles have an electronic oil monitor. If your vehicle still has the traditional dipstick, follow these steps to check the oil level:

  1. Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground and that the engine is turned off and cold.
  2. Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick, usually located in front of the engine and usually says “oil.” Again, if there is no dipstick, your West Point car, truck, or SUV might have an electronic oil monitor.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it.
  4. Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube, then pull it out and look at both sides to see where the level is.

The dipstick in your car will have some way of indicating the proper oil level. The level is good if the top of your oil streak is between two marks. If not, you’ll need to add more oil.

Also, if you need to replenish your oil, check with your owners manual again and buy the grade recommended for your model. To refill the oil, remove the oil filler cap, adding a small amount of oil at a time until the dipstick indicates you’ve reached the proper level. After adding oil, wait a minute or two to allow the oil to settle before checking to make sure the level is correct.

Schedule a Service Appointment with Barnes Crossing Volkswagen

Now that you know how to check the oil level in your car, and you need an oil change, schedule a service appointment with our service team! Don’t hesitate to contact us at Barnes Crossing Volkswagen with any questions, to learn how often to replace a VW battery! If you’re looking for a new vehicle, we have an extensive selection of Volkswagen models. Be sure to check out our new vehicle specials!

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  • Exterior Lights                        Ball Joints and Tire Rods
  • Tire Wear & Air Pressure       Cooling System & Hoses

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