How to Check Car Oil

December 14th, 2018 by

man checking oil with dipstick

Without the proper amount of motor oil in your Toyota vehicle, you can run into some serious mechanical issues. To make sure the internal moving parts of the engine are well protected when driving through Plano, it is important to know how to properly check and maintain your oil level. Read through this guide, courtesy of the Longo Toyota of Prosper service department.

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Though most vehicles on the road still use traditional dipsticks to check oil levels, some modern vehicles utilize electronic oil monitors. Check your owner’s manual to see the proper way to check your oil level.

Manually checking your oil? Follow these steps:

  • Park the vehicle on level ground and make sure the engine if off and cold.
  • Pop open the hood and locate the dipstick.
  • Remove the dipstick and wipe any oil off the end of it.
  • Re-insert the dipstick all the way into the tube. Pull it out again and check both sides to see where the oil level sits.

There is always a way the dipstick indicates the proper oil level. Should the top of your oil streak sit between two marks or within a cross-hatch, the oil level is good. If not, you need to add more oil.

Consult the owner’s manual for the proper grade of oil you need. Remove the oil filler cap and add a little oil at a time until the dipstick shows you’ve hit the right levle.

Turn to Longo Toyota of Prosper for Your Service Needs

We offer a rotating selection of service specials alongside our expert advice. Schedule a service appointment today or contact us online with any questions or concerns you may have. We’ve also got helpful tips on what to look for under your hood so you can check more than just your oil. Changing your coolant levels next? Learn how to check and replace coolant levels as well!

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