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How to Check Your Car’s Oil

When you want your Nissan car, truck, or SUV to run strong for years to come, it’s essential to learn how to check your oil level in a car. After all, it’s an essential part of ensuring your vehicle’s health. Take a moment to learn how to check your car’s oil with our team at Baytown Nissan! We’ll help you make sure there’s always the right amount of oil flowing your engine, ensuring that it stays well-lubricated and efficiently cooled at all times.

The friendly service techs at Baytown Nissan of Baytown want to help you keep your vehicle in top shape whether you need to learn how to check your car oil or how often to change it! So, we’ve put together some simple instructions below on how to check the oil level in your car.

How to Read Your Dipstick

Knowing how to read your dipstick is essential in determining the proper oil level. Every dipstick has a cross-hatched area on either one or both sides. If the oil within the cross-hatched section, then it’s within spec. If it doesn’t come up to the bottom of the cross-hatched area, then you need to add oil. Add oil a quart at a time, checking your level each time you add oil. If you find you need to add oil multiple times in between oil changes, your engine may be leaking or burning oil, meaning that it requires immediate service.

Are you having trouble finding your dipstick? Be sure to double-check your owner’s manual to make sure that your vehicle is equipped with one! Modern vehicles may have diagnostic programs in their infotainment unit, including a digital dipstick!

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Checking the oil in your car is very simple. You can literally do it in less than five minutes. Some La Porte drivers like to do it once every few weeks before they start their car in the morning. Here’s how to check your car’s oil:

  1. Make sure your car is parked on a flat, level area.
  2. Make sure your engine is turned off. Allow your engine to cool if it’s been running within the last half-hour.
  3. Open the hood and locate the dipstick. An oil dipstick handle in most vehicles is bright yellow with a circular handle to allow your finger to firmly grasp it and pull the dipstick out.
  4. Pull the dipstick out and wipe it clean.
  5. Re-insert the dipstick, then remove it once more.
  6. Check the oil level.
  7. If the oil level is low, add oil as needed.

Trust Your Car to the Experts at Baytown Nissan

Learning how to check your oil level is only one small part of keeping your car, truck, or SUV running strong for years to come. Our service team will help you take care of your Nissan maintenance needs today. Whether you need an oil change or a tire rotation, we have you covered. You can also learn how to jump-start a car and other helpful service tips when you visit us. And of course, don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re still wondering how to check the oil level in your car or want to know what TPMS means.

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