How to Check Car Oil



Motor oil is a crucial component to keeping your vehicle running smoothly on York roads. This is why it’s important to regularly check your oil, and replace it when the time comes. Learn more about how to check car oil, how and when to replace car oil, and more with our service team at Hanover Lots For Less in Hanover.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Newer vehicles may have an electronic oil monitor instead of a traditional dipstick, so you’ll want to start by checking your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see which your vehicle has. You’ll also want to find out what type of oil is recommended for your model. If you’re checking the oil manually with a dipstick, simply follow these instructions:

  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 oil reservoir and wipe it clean.
  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.

When using a dipstick to check the proper oil level, the oil should reach between two marks, or within the cross-hatched area. If the oil is below this mark, you’ll need to add more. In addition to using the correct oil type, you’ll want to make sure you’re checking the oil levels as you add a little oil at a time so as to not overfill the reservoir.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

While oil is often overlooked, having the right amount of oil is absolutely essential to your vehicle’s performance. Typically, it’s recommended that you schedule an oil change at least twice a year, depending on the model and how you drive it. Checking the oil should be done at least once a month. This way, you can drive around Dillsburg with confidence that your vehicle has enough oil. That being said, if you notice your vehicle’s hood is hot to the touch or there is steam billowing out from under the hood, you should schedule a service appointment. This could indicate an oil leak that is causing your engine to overheat.

How to Reset Oil Change Light

Though every vehicle is different and has its own process for resetting the oil change light, in general, the process is similar. This should only be completed if you have actually changed the oil recently. Missing an oil change can cause serious damage to your vehicle over time. Here’s how to reset the oil change light step-by-step:

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

After these steps are completed, the oil light should be reset. If you need help resetting the oil change light, don’t hesitate to contact our team.

Let the Hanover Lots For Less Service Team Keep Your Car in Prime Condition

Interested in our service specials and expert advice? The experienced technicians at our service center are here to help. For more expert DIY car-care tips, contact our team at Hanover Lots For Less or visit us near Gettysburg.

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