How to Check Car Oil

Adding oil to engine

One of the most important items to keeping your vehicle healthy on Hillsboro roads is motor oil. Motor oil is vital to your car’s health and knowing how to check the oil level in your car is equally as important. To ensure your car is always ready to take on Forest Grove adventures, learn how to check car oil with this guide from Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge below. After reading this guide, check out our other service tips and tricks for more ways on keeping your car in tip-top shape.


Steps On How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

We recommend referring to your owner’s manual first before checking the oil level in your vehicle because some vehicles don’t use traditional oil dipsticks. However, if your vehicle does have a traditional dipstick, you can learn how to check car oil by following these steps below:

  1. It’s important to ensure that your engine is off and cold.
  2. Park the vehicle on level ground to get an accurate reading on the dipstick.
  3. Open the hood and find the dipstick.
  4. Pull the dipstick out and wipe the oil on it off.
  5. Re-insert the dipstick all the way back in and then pull it back out.
  6. You should be able to see the oil level on the dipstick. If there is oil in between the two indicator marks, then your vehicle has the appropriate amount of oil.

If there isn’t enough oil, check your owner’s manual for the recommended oil type to use and add oil a little bit at a time until the dipstick indicates the proper level. Make sure not to overfill your vehicle with oil. You can also schedule a service and our technicians will ensure your vehicle has the appropriate amount of oil.

Resetting the Oil Change Light

Now that you know how to check the oil level in your car, before heading out to Aloha, you might want to reset the oil change light in your vehicle. While this can vary depending on your vehicle, most vehicles have a similar process of resetting this light. We recommend resetting this light once you’ve actually changed the oil in your car, failure to do so can cause damage. Here’s how to reset the oil change light on your vehicle:

  1. Turn everything in your vehicle off but leave the engine running.
  2. There’s typically a reset button or odometer “stick” somewhere near the dashboard and speedometer.
  3. Once you find the button or stick, hold it down until the oil change light starts flashing.
  4. Then, turn the ignition off and wait a few seconds.
  5. Voila! You can turn the vehicle back on and the light should be reset.

Keep in mind that this might vary depending on your specific model. If you’ve tried these steps and the light has not turned off, we recommend visiting our service center near Beaverton.

Rely on the Service Experts at Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge!

If you still have questions about how to check your car oil, you can rely on our service experts located in Hillsboro. Feel free to browse our Mopar coupons for some savings if you need any maintenance performed on your vehicle. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any assistance and we look forward to working with you at Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge!

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