How to Check Car Oil

A Step-By-Step Guide


Engine oil, sometimes also referred to as motor oil, is an essential component of your automobile. It lubricates all your engine’s internal parts that make combustion happen, enabling you to drive smoothly around Brooklyn Center and Coon Rapids. Accordingly, you always want to be sure that you’re driving with enough oil to do the job. That requires being able to check car oil. Learn how to check car oil now with the Luther Brookdale Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram service center!


Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Most new vehicles, including those from Dodge, Chrysler, RAM, and Jeep now offer electronic oil level readings. But if your vehicle is older or not equipped with this capability, then here’s how to check the oil level in your car the old-fashioned way:

  1. Park on level ground. Turn the engine off and ensure it’s cold.
  2. Open the vehicle’s hood and locate the dipstick.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe off any oil from the end.
  4. Put the dipstick back, then pull it out once more and look at both sides to see where the level is. Usually, dipsticks have two markings, and if the level is between them, you have enough oil.

Not sure what kind of oil to add to your vehicle? Make sure you don’t just add any old oil! Your vehicle’s owner’s manual should detail the oil type and rating that are to be used for your particular vehicle. You can also contact our service department to find out.

Checking oil level on dipstick

The Importance of Checking Your Car’s Oil Level

Changing and checking your oil regularly is a vital part of vehicle maintenance. Knowing how to check your oil is the first step towards knowing how to properly maintain the oil level in your car.

Accordingly, we recommend checking your oil level at least once a month, separate from oil changes (which are, themselves, recommended every 5,000-7,500 miles or so, or no less than twice a year). If you prefer to let the experts take care of your vehicle’s oil changes and oil level checks, just schedule service online now!


How to Reset the Oil Change Light

The oil change light generally comes on to tell you it’s time for an oil change. If you’ve just performed a DIY oil change near Maple Grove or Minnetonka, then this guide can help you reset the light. But if you’re trying to reset the light without having changed the oil, you’re better off bringing your car to our service center first to determine why the light has illuminated.

How to Reset the Oil Change Light in Four Steps

  • Turn all systems of 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 begins to flash (sign of resetting may differ per vehicle).
  • Turn the ignition off, wait a few seconds, then turn your car back on.

Let the Luther Brookdale Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Service Center Help With Your Engine Oil Needs!

We here at the Luther Brookdale Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram service center are more than capable of helping you with all of your engine oil needs! Ready to get in touch? Call 763-292-3407 now for additional assistance or with any questions you may have!


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