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How to Check Car Oil

Checking oil level on dipstick

Motor oil in a car is a lot like blood in an animal. It’s absolutely necessary for it to function, and having the right amount is crucial to peak performance. Salt Lake City drivers who know how to check car oil are well set for the future of their automotive lives. Knowing how to check the oil level in a car is a basic part of automotive service, but it can pay great dividends in the sense that you avoid the possibility of a major issue cropping up later on. Check out our service team in Salt Lake City if you’ve got other questions.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

A lot of newer vehicles have electronic oil monitors that don’t use traditional dipsticks, so we think you should start by consulting your car’s owner’s manual. If you’re checking your car’s oil manually, these are the instructions to follow:

  1. Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground and that the engine is turned off and cold.
  2. Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it.
  4. Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube, then pull it out and look at both sides to see where the level is.

Your dipstick will tell you how to indicate the proper oil level. Most of the time, it’ll be an area between two marks or an area that’s cross-hatched. If you’re inside this area, your level is good. If it’s not, you need to add more oil. West Valley City drivers should buy the right grade of oil shown in the owner’s manual, remove the oil cap, then add a little oil at a time, checking frequently.

How to Reset Oil Change Light

Most vehicles have a different process for resetting the oil change light, but the general process is mostly the same. You’ll only want to reset the oil change light in West Jordan if you’ve actually changed your oil. Missing an oil change will damage your car in the long run!

How to Reset Oil Change Light: Step-by-Step

  • Turn all systems of your car off, but leave the engine running.
  • Find the “reset” button or stick it on the dashboard (typically found near the speedometer and fuel gauge).
  • Hold the button down until the oil change light begins to flash (signs of resetting may differ per vehicle).
  • Turn the ignition off, wait a few seconds, then turn your car back on.

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