How To Check Your Engine Oil

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The certified techs at our Canfield service center want you to know the importance of checking your oil every now and then, and knowing how to do it can help you plan your maintenance appointments accordingly.

First, note that it’s important to read the owner’s manual before checking the oil, because while most cars follow the same procedure for checking oil, yours could be slightly different.

You’ll want to make sure that the car is parked on level ground so you can get an accurate reading of the oil level. Wait a little for the engine to cool down so you don’t burn yourself while checking the oil. With the engine off, open the car’s hood and find the dipstick--it’s usually yellow or orange in color with a handle sticking out. Pull it out and wipe it off entirely with a rag, then insert the dipstick back into its tube and push it all the way back in.

When you pull the dipstick back out, you should be looking for indicators on the dipstick, whether it is a crosshatched area, two pinholes, the letters L and H, or the words MIN or MAX, and making sure that the oil streak is in between the two marks. If it’s below the indicated area, you’ll need to schedule an appointment at our Canfield service center so our certified technicians can refill the oil for you.

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More To Look For When Checking Your Oil

One of the other factors that goes into determining the health of your engine oil is it’s color, which should appear brown or black. If it has a light, milky appearance, it’s possible that coolant is leaking into the engine and requires professional assistance. In addition, any metal particles in the oil could mean internal engine damage.

Contact us today with any questions about how to check your engine oil or to schedule a service appointment with us.

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