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How to Check Car Oil

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Wondering how to check the oil level in your car? It’s a simple skill you can perform at home that allows you to see if you’re due for oil services. Motor oil is an essential part of your vehicle, meaning you’ll want to keep a close eye on it so you can continue to safely commute on the Naperville and Elmhurst roads. Learn more about how to check car oil with the help of the McGrath Acura of Westmont service department, and be sure to schedule an appointment when you’re due for an oil change!

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car at Home

While our experienced service technicians are just a call away if you need help with maintenance tips, checking your car oil is something you can easily do at home. Some newer models have electronic oil monitors that don’t use traditional dipsticks, so you’ll want to check your owner’s manual for specific information on your vehicle. If you’re checking car oil manually, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  • Park your vehicle on level ground and ensure the engine is turned off and has had time to cool.
  • In order to find the dipstick, open your vehicle’s hood.
  • Pull the dipstick out of the engine, then wipe off any oil from the end of the dipstick.
  • Put the dipstick pack into its tube. Pull it out once more — check both sides to see where the oil level falls.

If the top of your oil streak falls between two marks or is within a cross-hatched area, that means that the oil levels are good. If this isn’t the case, you’ll want to add more oil before hitting the Elmhurst streets. Either schedule oil services at our Downers Grove-area service department or add oil on your own! If you do refill your car’s oil on your own, be sure to buy the grade of oil recommended in your owner’s manual. All you’ll need to do is remove the oil filler cap and add a bit of oil until the dipstick shows that you’ve reached the proper level.

Why You Should Check Your Car’s Oil Level

Now that you know how to check car oil, you may be wondering why it’s an important task. Oil can sometimes be overlooked, even though having the correct oil level is essential to your vehicle’s health. While you should get an oil change roughly twice a year, this figure can change depending on your specific model and how you drive it. This is why it’s crucial to learn how to check oil levels — you can easily check if your vehicle is road-ready! As a rule of thumb, try to check your car oil roughly once a month. If you notice any oil leaks or think your engine may be overheating, be sure to schedule a service appointment at McGrath Acura of Westmont.

Rely on McGrath Acura of Westmont for Oil Services!

Whether you’re still curious about how to check your car oil or want to know what causes tires to wear unevenly, the experts at McGrath Acura of Westmont can help! Be sure to stop in for service if your vehicle is due for an oil change, or feel free to contact us if you have any maintenance questions before your next service appointment. We look forward to being your go-to maintenance resource in the Westmont area.

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