How to Check Your Car's Oil

Auto Mechanic Checking Oil

Knowing how to check the oil level in a car is so important to keeping it running for years on our Austin roads. If you’re new to driving a car, or you’ve never popped a hood, don’t worry. Our service department wants to keep you informed. So, we’ve put together the step-by-step guide below on how to check car oil.

How to Check the Oil Level in a Car – Step by Step

One of the first things someone should do when they buy their first vehicle is to learn how to check the oil level in a car. Some of our Kyle drivers like to check their oil every time or every other time they stop for gas. Here’s how to check car oil:

  • Park your car where it is flat and level.
  • Make sure the engine is turned off and cool.
  • Find the oil dipstick. Most oil dipsticks have a yellow handle shaped like a circle or hook.
  • Pull the dipstick out and wipe it clean.
  • Put the dipstick back in, then pull it back out.
  • Check the oil level.
  • If the oil level is below the hash marks, put a quart of oil in your car.

How to Read a Dipstick

A dipstick may be confusing, but knowing how to read it is crucial to knowing how to check car oil. Here’s how to do it:

  • Look for the cross-hatched area near the bottom of the dipstick (this is usually just on one side)
  • Oil should reach the dipstick far enough to be inside that cross-hatched area.
  • If the oil falls short of that area, put a quart in, then recheck it.
  • Most cars will not require oil between oil changes. So, if you have to put oil in your engine multiple times before your next oil change, you should schedule an appointment for service.

Trust the Service Pros at Sterling Acura of Austin

We’re here to help at Sterling Acura of Austin. So, if you enjoyed this handy guide on how to check oil, make sure to check out our other tips and tricks. And our service center technicians are ready and able to assist you with any other service or maintenance needs you have, including oil changes. We’re just down the road from both Buda and San Marcos, so drop by or contact us today!

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