How to Check Car Oil

Checking oil level on dipstick

Motor oil is the lifeblood of your car, so knowing how to check your oil level in your car can make sure the level is right to protect your vehicle and its internal parts.. No matter how you drive, maintaining your car’s oil is essential. 

Read on to learn how to check your car oil from the skilled service team at Mauer GMC, whether you plan to stay on the streets of Eagan or go on weekend excursions! If you want to save money at Mauer GMC, be sure to check our service specials frequently!

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

First, a few newer cars use electronic oil monitors rather than conventional dipsticks to check the oil level. To manually check the oil, just adhere to the steps listed below.

How to Check Car Oil Properly in Eagan:

  • Ensure the car is levelly parked and the engine is cold and off.
  • Open the car’s hood and look for the dipstick.
  • The dipstick for the engine should be removed, and any leftover oil should be wiped off the end.
  • To check the level on both sides, pull out the dipstick after fully inserting it into its tube.

It is always possible to use dipsticks to show the correct oil level. The top of your oil streak should be between two marks or within a crosshatched area to indicate a good level. More oil will be needed if it isn’t. Ensure that you buy the grade recommended in the owner’s manual, remove the oil filler cap, and then gradually add oil until the dipstick indicates the right level. You can always contact the GMC service team with questions anytime!

Why Should You Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

The amount of oil in your car and its filters greatly impact how well it runs. Oil changes are typically recommended at least twice a year, depending on the model and how the vehicle is driven. Oil inspections should be done at least once each month. By doing this, you can ensure that your car is leak-free and has enough oil to last for all your trips through Woodbury. In light of this, make an appointment for service as soon as you notice that the hood of your car feels warm to the touch or that steam is coming from underneath it. It is possible for the engine in your vehicle to overheat and leak oil. 

How to Reset Your Oil Change Light

All cars require the same procedure to reset the oil change light, despite variations depending on the vehicle. However, you should only restart the oil change light if your oil has been changed. Your car could sustain long-term damage if you accidentally forget to get your oil changed.

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

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

Now is the time to reset the oil light. Contact our team if you have questions about resetting your oil change light!

Enjoy Expert Care From The Service Team at Mauer GMC in Inver Grove Heights!

Now that you know how to check your oil oil, it’s time to schedule service at Mauer GMC. Our service team is always willing to assist, offering skilled care and knowledgeable guidance. We know that auto maintenance is a critical component to getting your car running at peak performance. Read our pieces covering the difference between Synthetic vs. Conventional oil and What does TPMS mean among other topics. See you shortly at Mauer GMC!


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