How to Check Car Oil

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Whether you own a car, SUV, or truck inLakewood Ranch, the moving parts of your engine simply can’t function properly without motor oil. It’s what keeps things moving to prevent heat friction and metal-on-metal contact, but oil is sometimes lost over time and will eventually become contaminated. You need to check that’s not happening so you know when to have the oil topped up or changed. Fortunately enough, it’s an easy process. Find out more about how to check your oil below for added peace of mind on drives around Venice.

How to Check the Oil Level Your Car

Many newer cars, trucks, and SUVs have electronic oil monitors, which means you don’t need to get your hands dirty. It’s important to check your owner’s manual to find out which one you have.

Even if you do need to manually check the oil, it’s a simple task.

  • Park on level ground, turn off the vehicle, and make sure the engine is cold.
  • Open the hood and find the dipstick.
  • Pull out the dipstick and wipe away any oil.
  • Put the dipstick back all the way, then pull it out and check where the oil reaches. Markings on the dipstick will indicate if you need to add more.

If you do need to top off your oil, add a little at a time and frequently re-check the level to prevent putting in too much. You should also check your owner’s manual and buy the recommended type of engine oil.

Let the Wilde Lexus Sarasota Team Help With All Servicing and Routine Maintenance

Whether you need to find out about replacement batteries, how much an oil change costs these days, learn about the Lexus RX 350 maintenance schedule, how to change the battery in a Lexus key fob, or find the right part, our service team is always here to help. For any further advice, feel free to schedule servicing today.

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