How to Check Car Oil

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If you try to drive your car without enough motor oil, it’s a lot like trying to run a race when you’re dehydrated. You won’t make it very far in Birmingham, and you might cause irreparable damage to your car. Motor oil is what keeps your car running on the roads around Hoover. Checking the oil level is really easy and can save you a lot of money and inconvenience. If your oil’s running low, or you’re due for an oil change, the Express Lane at Brady Kilmury CDJR is ready for you.

Learn How to Check Oil Level in Car

Take a look at your car’s owner’s manual to find out how often the manufacturer suggests changing your oil, and stick to that schedule to keep your engine in good shape. Even if you do that, there are times when you might need to make sure you have enough oil. If your engine or oil lights come on and you’re not due for an oil change, you’ll definitely want to check your oil levels. Here’s how:

  • Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground and that the engine is turned off and cold.
  • Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick. If needed, refer to your owner’s manual.
  • Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it.
  • 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.

If the top of your oil streak is between two marks or within a crosshatched area, the oil level is good. If it isn’t, you’ll need to add more oil. Be sure to buy 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. If you notice oil splotches on your driveway, accompanied by surprisingly low oil levels, contact our service department to check for oil leaks.

Maintain Your Engine at Brady Kilmury CDJR!

At Brady Kilmury CDJR, we’re here to help you keep your cars in great shape for years to come. Keeping your engine maintained with the right car oil levels should be a high priority for every car owner. Schedule your oil changes and all your other service and maintenance appointments online with Brady Kilmury CDJR, then figure out important info like how long an oil change takes. Looking for more service info? Discover the benefits of OEM parts with us today, or find out about the right way to clean your floor mats!

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