Checking Oil Level on Dipstick

How to Check Car Oil

Our Arlington customers love to keep their automobiles well-maintained. And we love to help them do just that. That’s why it’s so important to know how to check the oil level in a car. Our helpful Service Department wants to do what they can to keep your vehicle running in top shape, as well. So, we’ve put together the handy guide below on how to check car oil.



How to Check the Oil Level in a Car in 7 Easy Steps

Learning how to check the oil level in a car is easy. Some of our Fort Worth drivers like to check their oil whenever they get gas or every other time they get gas. Here’s how to check car oil:

  • Park your car where it is flat and level
  • Make sure the engine is turned off and cool.
  • Find the oil dipstick. Most oil dipsticks have a yellow handle shaped like a circle or hook.
  • Pull the dipstick out and wipe it clean.
  • Put the dipstick back in, then pull it back out.
  • Check the oil level.
  • If the oil level is below the hash marks, put a quart of oil in your car.

How Do You Read an Oil Dipstick?

Knowing how to read a dipstick is a critical part of knowing how to check the oil level in a car. Here’s how to do it:

  • Look for the cross-hatched area near the bottom of the dipstick (this is usually just on one side)
  • Oil should reach the dipstick far enough to be inside that cross-hatched area.
  • If the oil falls short of that area, put a quart in, then recheck it.
  • Most cars will not require oil between oil changes. So, if you have to put oil in your engine multiple times before your next oil change, you should schedule an appointment for service.

Get Your Car Serviced at Momentum Maserati of Hurst

Speaking of oil changes, when is your car due for its next one? Our service experts will be happy to help you with that. You can even schedule service online. And you can save on the cost when you take advantage of our service specials. We’re just a short drive away from Plano, so drop by or contact us today!

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