How to Check Car Oil

March 17th, 2019 by

Auto mechanic checking oil

Motor oil is important to the function of a Honda vehicle, and you should always make sure there’s just the right amount. Keeping your oil at the proper level helps protect all of your engine’s internal moving parts, whether you’re sticking to the streets of Arlington or heading far from Cordova.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Some vehicles use traditional dipsticks while some newer models have electronic oil monitors. So you will want to start by checking your owner’s manual for the automaker’s recommendations.

If you’re checking the oil with a dipstick simply follow these steps:

  • Park your vehicle on level ground and make sure engine is turned off and cold.
  • Open your vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  • Pull the dipstick out of the engine and clean off any oil on the end.
  • 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.

All dipsticks have a way of indicating the proper oil level. If the top of your oil streak is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, then the level is good. If it isn’t, you’ll need to add more oil.

Purchase the grade recommended in the owner’s manual, remove the oil filler cap, then add oil a little at a time until the dipstick indicates you’ve reached the proper level.

Trust Wolfchase Honda to Keep Your Car in Prime Condition

Offering service specials and expert advice on things like checking your transmission fluid, the service center at Wolfchase Honda in Bartlett is always here to help. Schedule service with us today or contact us online for further assistance.


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