How to Check Your Cars Oil

If you’re wondering how to check the oil on your new or used vehicle you’ve come to the right place. At Salem Auto RV we understand just how important oil is to an engine. Such a simple aspect of car ownership, yet too little oil, too much oil, old oil, or using the wrong oil, can lead to catastrophe for your car. Thankfully, checking your oil is an easy procedure—read below!



While many of you will undoubtedly have to check the oil level with your car’s dipstick, some newer vehicles now have electronic oil monitors. How do you know if your model has an electronic monitor? The simplest way is to check the owner’s manual. If your car doesn’t have an oil monitor, here’s how Salem-area drivers can check the oil with the dipstick under the hood.

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, which is often near the front of the engine block.
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.

Dipsticks will always have some sort of oil-level indication. If the oil levels are between two lines or within a cross-hatched area, you have enough oil. If not, your oil levels are low. It’s important to buy the oil grade recommended by your owner’s manual. After purchasing the correct oil, remove the oil cap, then add a little oil at a time. Keep rechecking the dipstick until it indicates it’s at the proper levels, making sure not to overfill.

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