How to Check Your Car Oil Levels Guide

Oil Change

Motor oil can be considered the blood of your vehicle, and if your blood isn’t at peak performance, then why would you expect your car, truck, or SUV to do the same? Bad or low oil can make it damaging for internal moving parts of your engine, which can very quickly leave you stranded on Homer City streets. Our service team has made this easy-to-follow guide on how to check your car oil levels, so you know if it’s time to bring it into our service center for an oil change.


Learning More When To Check Your Car Oil Levels

A number of newer model vehicles will have an electronic oil monitoring system, rather than the traditional dipsticks older drivers may be more familiar with. These systems will automatically alert you if your oil levels get low, or need to be changed. However, if you don’t have one of these systems, you can follow this simple guide: 

  1. Park your vehicle on level ground, with the engine off. Wait until the engine is cold before continuing.
  2. Open and secure your hood, then locate the dipstick
  3. Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean.
  4. Return the dipstick all the way inside the tube, remove it again, and see where the oil level resides.

There is always a way to indicate the proper oil level on your dipstick, depending on your model. If the oil resides between the two marks, or a cross-hatched area, on the dipstick then your oil levels are good. If not, you’ll need to either add more oil yourself or schedule an oil change. This will keep your commutes to Clymer much smoother. 

Make sure to check your owner’s manual to make sure you’re purchasing the right grade of oil for your make and model.

What Happens If You Don’t Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Keeping an ideal amount of oil inside your vehicle is essential so that your car remains healthy and performing well. Oil changes should be done at least twice a year, depending on your model and how often your model’s driven, but you should check your oil at least once a month. If you notice your car is losing oil exceptionally quickly, you might be leaking oil, which can be a major problem! Before you suffer a more dangerous issue while driving through Marion Center, bring your car in for maintenance at our service center.

Resetting Your Change Oil Light

Each vehicle is going to have specific processes to reset their oil change light, based on their make and model. After you’ve changed your oil, or added to it, you will want to reset this light so that you don’t miss the next time you’ll need to get an oil change. 

Step-by-Step Guide to Resetting Your Change Oil Light

  • Turn your car’s systems off, but leave the engine running.
  • On your dashboard, typically near the speedometer and fuel gauge, there will be a reset button or stick
  • Hold the button down until the oil change light flashes, though this may differ depending on model
  • Turn your ignition off, wait, and then turn your engine back on fully. 
  • Turn all systems of your car off, but leave the engine running.

Your oil light should be reset now, though if it stays on, you can always contact us to speak to our service team to make sure this isn’t a potential problem with your sensors. 

Keep Your Car In Prime Condition with Tri-Star Indiana

Whether it’s routine maintenance or your vehicle has suffered from a more serious problem, you can expect our expert service team to be ready to help you. Make sure you stay on top of your maintenance to prevent further issues down the line by contacting us to schedule service, or by using the online form to schedule an appointment

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