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How to Check Car Oil


The oil in your vehicle is absolutely crucial for keeping your car running as you drive around . You always want to be sure there’s just enough oil. Too much or too little oil can cause different problems. Your car depends on the engine oil to make sure all of the internal parts are moving correctly and smoothly. Keep reading to learn from the Genesis of Hoover service team about how to check your engine oil level.

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Newer vehicles may have electronic oil monitoring systems in lieu of the traditional dipstick. The first step is to read your owner’s manual for recommendations from the automaker. For a manual oil check, follow these directions:

  1. Be sure your vehicle is on level ground and that the engine is turned off and has had enough time to cool down.
  2. Pop your hood and locate the dipstick.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any remnants of oil from the end. You’ll want to use a scrap towel for this as the process can get pretty messy.
  4. Dip the dipstick all the way into the tube and pull it back out. With the oil on it, check both sides to see what the oil level is at.

The dipsticks will always have a marking that indicates the correct oil level. If the top of the oil is in a cross-hatched area or between two marks, the level is correct. If it’s below these markings, you will need to add more oil.

The owner’s manual will have information about the proper oil type. There are different grades, so make sure to reference the manual before you buy/add oil. Using a funnel, you’ll want to add oil in little bits until you get to the right amount. Be careful not to spill on the engine or outside of the tube.

Why Should I Check My Oil Level?

The proper oil level is crucial for vehicle performance. Oil changes are recommended at least twice a year, but that depends on the model of vehicle and how you are driving around . You should check your oil at the minimum twice a month. This maintenance routine will keep your car in tip-top shape and keep you safe on your daily commutes or long-haul adventures. If you notice that the hood of your vehicle is hot to the touch or there is steam coming from under the hood, you should immediately take your vehicle to get checked with experts. These are signs of oil leaks and overheating. Schedule your service appointment right away if you notice this happening.

How to Reset the Oil Change Light

Every vehicle has specific processes for resetting the oil change light. Generally the process is the same. After you change your oil, you will want to reset the oil change light. If you miss an oil change, this can cause damage in the long-term.

How to Reset Oil Change Light:

  1. While leaving the engine running, turn all of the systems of your car off.
  2. Look for the reset button on the dashboard or dashboard stick. Usually, you will spot this near the speedometer and fuel gauge.
  3. Hold the reset button down until the light begins to flash.
  4. Turn the ignition off, wait a minute, and then, turn the car back on.

This should have reset the oil light. If you still have questions about resetting your oil change light or checking your oil levels, our Hoover team is here to help.

Visit Genesis of Hoover For Help With Keeping Your Car in Great Shape

If you have any questions about maintaining your vehicle or changing your oil, don’t hesitate to contact our team. Our service experts are here to help. If you are coming in for routine maintenance like changing your air or engine filters, a tire rotation, you can get your oil changed with us as well. Look into our service specials before you come in and learn how you can save some money on maintenance. We’ll have you driving around in the best condition.

 

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