How to Check Your Car’s Oil

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Engine oil is an extremely important part of your vehicle, so you should always ensure that you’re keeping enough in your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle to protect its internal components. Whether you tend to stick to driving around local Roseville streets or you prefer to venture out onto Elk Grove highways, keeping enough oil in your car should be at the top of your regular maintenance to-dos. So. How do you do that? That is, how do you check your car’s oil to make sure it’s in good shape? Read on to learn more with Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram oil change experts from our service center!

Here’s How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Many modern Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram cars, trucks, and SUVs now come equipped with electronic oil level gauges you can view from the digital display in your dash. If, however, you’re checking the oil in your vehicle manually, whether you prefer to, or you have an older vehicle, here’s how to do that:

  1. Park your car on level ground with the engine turned off.
  2. Make sure your engine has been off for enough time that it’s cold. This is important. 
  3. Open the front hood and locate the oil dip-stick.
  4. Take the dip-stick out and wipe off any residual oil.
  5. Put the dipstick back, then retrieve it one more time, checking the oil level on both sides to get an accurate read. This should tell you if there’s enough oil in your engine. 

How do you know if the oil level indicated by your dip-stick is sufficient? Dip-sticks usually have some kind of marks in them for oil level. If the top of your oil streak is between these two marks or within a cross-hatched area, the level should be good.

If replacing your oil yourself after learning how to check your car’s oil level, make sure to get the grade recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual and add a little at a time, repeating the above procedure to check engine oil level. You can always also check out our service tips and tricks, brought to you by the experts here at the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram service center!

Why Check the Oil Level In Your Car?

Checking the oil in your vehicle is like so many other things in life: easy to do, easy not to do. But if you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to preserve the longevity of your vehicle’s engine, ensuring you learn how to check the oil level in your car and making sure you do it often to maintain the right amount of oil is of paramount importance. 

How Often to Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Most service experts recommend checking your car’s oil at least two times a year, depending on which vehicle you drive and how often you drive it around Elk Grove or Rocklin. Better yet is to check your car’s oil about once a month. This way, you can always feel confident that there are no leaks, and your car has enough oil for anywhere you go. If you check your oil and notice the hood is exceptionally hot or there’s steam coming out from underneath the hood, don’t delay in visiting our service center.

Entrust Your Oil Change Need to Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Providing you a vast array of service specials and maintenance advice, our service experts are always available to help you! Schedule service with us today or contact us online with additional questions or concerns. Ready to venture out to our Sacramento service & repair shop for an oil change or other recommended maintenance? Get directions to our dealership here.

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