How to Check Car Oil

Car mechanic changing oil

Proper motor oil levels are essential in keeping your car, truck, or SUV running as smoothly as possible when driving through Fargo and Fergus Falls. Afterall, motor oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle! All moving parts are lubricated and cooled by motor oil, so ensuring you’re topped is an absolute must! Find out how to check car oil with help from Dakota Chrysler Center!

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Some modern cars, trucks, and SUVs utilize electronic oil monitors and don’t use dipsticks, so start by checking your owner’s manual to see what your vehicle uses. If you’re checking the oil manually, all you need to do is follow these steps!

  • Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground and that the engine is cold and not running.
  • Locate your dipstick under your vehicle’s hood.
  • Remove your dipstick and wipe clean of any oil.
  • Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into the reservoir.
  • Remove the dipstick again and check the oil level.

Dipsticks will have markings that indicate your proper oil level. If the top of your oil streak is between two lines or marks, or within a cross-hatched area, your oil level is up to spec. If it isn’t, you’ll need to add more oil. Ensure that you’re buying the proper fuel recommended in your owner’s manual, and add only small amounts at a time. Keep repeating the process above until your oil is at the specified level you need.
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Let the Dakota Chrysler Center Service Team Keep Your Car in Prime Condition

Our service team near Breckenridge is always ready to help, from oil changes to tire rotations! Schedule service with us today or contact us online if you have any questions about your motor oil, or the advantages of Chrysler OEM parts. Our dealership and service center near West Fargo will be here to assist you!

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