How to Check Car Oil

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Wondering how to check your own car oil? You’ve come to the right place! On this page, we at Faulkner Mazda Trevose will give you a detailed overview of how to check car oil right from the comfort of your own driveway.

Drivers in Trevose, Langhorne, Bensalem, and Philadelphia will also find more information about why you should check your own and how to spot problems with your oil below. Read ahead to get started!

Step-by-Step Instructions for Checking Car Oil

dip stick

The process of checking your car oil is simple and only takes a few minutes. The only thing you’ll need to do it is a clean paper towel or rag. Checking your oil goes as follows:

  1. Open the front hood of your car and secure it.
  2. Find the engine oil dipstick and pull it out.
  3. Take your clean cloth or towel and wipe the dipstick off. Examine the oil on the towel for color and texture. If it is at all dark or gritty, your oil needs to be changed.
  4. Slide the dipstick back into the tube and pull it back out.
  5. Now, check that the amount of oil is correct by seeing where the oil line falls. It should between the minimum (“MIN”) and maximum (“MAX”) lines.
  6. When you’re done, secure the dipstick back into the tube.
  7. Shut the front hood and make sure it latches.

Why You Should Check Your Own Car Oil

There are a variety of reasons why you’d want to check your oil. If you think your vehicle may be leaking oil, the best way to know for sure is to get under the hood and see how much oil you have in the tank. If the oil line falls under the minimum line or close to it on the dipstick, it’s likely that your suspicions were correct.

You should also get in the habit of checking on the quality of your oil in between oil changes especially if you’re experiencing something unusual with your performance. For example, if you notice your fuel economy dropping for no reason, this can be a sign that your engine oil is in bad shape.

Signs that Your Car Oil is Experiencing a Problem

Check Engine Light

A good time to get under the hood and inspect your oil is when you experience one of these common signs that your engine oil is in turmoil:

  • Engine is running louder than normal
  • Having trouble starting the vehicle
  • The “check engine” light is persistently on
  • Vehicle sputters while you’re driving
  • See and smell engine exhaust or smell of burnt oil

Any one of these symptoms is a sign that your engine oil needs to be looked at and likely changed.

Still Have Questions about Car Oil?

We at Faulkner Mazda Trevose hope this guide to checking car oil gave you all the information you were looking for. However, if you still have questions or need some help checking your oil, we’re more than happy to provide you with some additional assistance.

Drivers in the areas of Trevose, Langhorne, Bensalem, and Philadelphia should give us a call at our service center today! Bring your car by any time and we’d be happy to check your oil for you at our service center.