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How to Check Car Oil

Checking oil level on dipstick

Checking your car’s oil on a regular basis is an important step in keeping it running. The good news is that it is easy to do and many of our Omaha customers have learned how to do it themselves. But if you don’t know how to check the oil level in a car, don’t worry. Our service department wants to help you keep your car running in top shape. That’s why we’ve put together the helpful guide below on how to check car oil.

How to Check the Oil Level in a Car – Step by Step

Why is knowing how to check car oil so important? Running your car without enough oil can cause catastrophic damage to an engine, causing the vehicle to be mechanically totaled. That’s why it’s a good idea to check your car’s oil every time or every other time when you stop at a Columbus gas station to fill up. Of course, if you need any help at all, feel free to schedule a service appointment with us. Here’s how to check the oil level in a car:

How to Check Car Oil

  1. Make sure the car is off and the engine has had enough time to cool down.
  2. Open the hood and locate the dipstick.
  3. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag or paper towel.
  4. Stick the dipstick back in all the way.
  5. Pull out the dipstick again and examine the tip.
  6. Read the Dipstick

We can’t explain how to check car oil without going over how to decipher a dipstick. Some dipsticks can be confusing or hard to read. Follow these steps:

  • Locate the cross-hatched area on the dipstick near the tip. Oil should reach somewhere inside the cross-hatched area.
  • If the oil does not reach the cross-hatched area, add a quart of oil.
  • Run your car’s engine, turn the car off, then check the oil again.

Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont of Fremont is Here to Help

The trained experts in our service center are happy to help with any of your service needs, like when it’s time to get your oil changed. If you found this guide to be helpful, maybe you’d enjoy our guide on how to jumpstart a car. Remember, we’re just a short trip away from Blair. So, drop by or give us a call!

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