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How to Check Car Oil

If you want to keep your new Chevy running like the day you bought it, routine oil maintenance is essential. Motor oil keeps all of the engine’s moving parts properly lubricated to avoid friction. Whether you are commuting across North Charleston or Mount Pleasant, supplying your engine with fresh clean oil will always make for a smoother ride. Learn how to check car oil with our guide below!

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car: Step-By-Step

In most vehicles, you can stay on top of your oil level by keeping an eye on the oil change indicator in the dashboard. If you decide you want to learn how to check the oil level in a car the old fashioned way, follow these steps:

  1. Park on flat ground and be sure your engine is off and cool to the touch.
  2. Pop the hood and locate the dipstick – the owner’s manual can show you exactly where it is.
  3. Remove the dipstick and wipe off any oil with a clean rag.
  4. Insert the dipstick back into its tube and then remove it once more. Check the oil line, if it rests between the two marks or within a cross-hatched area, the oil level is sufficient.
  5. If the dipstick reading indicates low oil, make sure to purchase the correct oil type by consulting your owner’s manual. Slowly add a bit of oil at a time until you reach the proper oil level.

If you are looking for more ways to care for your vehicle, check out our service tips. Now that you know how to check the oil level in a car, you may want to know why it matters; find out below!

Why Is Checking Your Oil Level Important?

For most, an oil change is recommended twice a year, but that can vary based on make, model, and driver habits. Knowing how to check the oil level in a car can promote a longer vehicle life and can keep your vehicle ruling the James Island streets for years to come! Schedule a service appointment as soon as you notice your engine oil level is low.

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If you notice steam rising from your engine or if the hood of your car is hot to the touch, you may be in need of an oil change. You can contact our service department for help learning how to check car oil or for any other car care needs, like how often to have a tire rotation, change your spark plugs, and how to check brake fluid levels or reset your check engine light.

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