How to Check Car Oil

Regular maintenance of your vehicle’s engine is key to keeping it running smoothly and efficiently, ready for any Oak Lawn trip – long or short – and to handle any weather. One of the most important fluids to check regularly is your car’s engine oil. Proper oil level supports an efficiently running engine, protecting the moving parts from overheating and damage. Learn how to check the oil level in your car below and contact us if you have any questions!

Learn How to Check The Oil Level in Your Car

Learning how to check car oil at your Evergreen Park home is easy. To save time, first check your owner’s manual to determine whether your car has an electronic oil monitor – and follow those directions to check your car oil level. If not, you will have to check the oil level manually. Follow these few simple steps to learn how to check car oil manually:

  1. Park your vehicle on level ground and let it rest off long enough for the engine to be cool.  
  2. Open the hood and locate the dipstick.  Refer to your owner’s manual if you need help locating it.  
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe the remaining oil off it with a clean cotton rag or paper towel.  
  4. Carefully put the dipstick back into the engine making sure it goes all the way in, then remove it. Check the height of the oil coating the dipstick to determine the oil level in your engine. The markings on the dipstick will let you know if you need to add oil or not – you can refer to your manual to interpret these markings.

Generally, if the oil reaches a cross-hatched area on the dipstick, your oil level is fine.  If it below the cross-hatched area, your engine oil is low and you will need to add some more.  

If you need to add oil, check-in your manual to determine what grade of oil is recommended for your car. Then remove the cap to the oil reservoir and add in oil a small amount at a time, each time checking the oil level on the dipstick until it indicates that it is full.  


Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Now that you know how to check the oil level in your car, it’s important to know why checking your oil level is critical to your vehicle’s health. As with all other components of your vehicle, maintaining the correct oil level is vital to the health and efficient performance of your car on Orland Park roads. It is recommended that your vehicle have a complete oil change every six months. However, a quick oil level check should be done once per month, at the same time when you check all the other fluids in your car. This will ensure that you will be aware of any developing issues – such as oil leaks – before they become major (and expensive) causes of concern. You will also be aware of warning signs from your car – if you are constantly adding oil, or the hood feels very hot to the touch or is billowing steam – you may have a major oil leak or an over-heating engine.  

Call our dealership right away to schedule a service appointment at our service center near Countryside if you notice any of these issues!  

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Let Our Service Team Keep Your Car in Prime Condition

Our service team is always happy to help by giving expert advice, a vehicle diagnosis, and vehicle maintenance to solve any problems your car has. Call or contact Oak Lawn Toyota online today to schedule service and take advantage of our service specials for additional savings!


Our Service Specials

Conventional Oil & Tire Rotate
$67.95 plus tax

Includes:
-Up to 5 quarts of oil
-Tire Rotate
– Comes with brake inspection and multipoint inspection

Please present coupon at time of write-up. Prior sales excluded and cannot be combined with any other offers. Offer limited to conventional oil up to 5 qts.
Can not be combined with any other offers. Excludes sales tax, shop supplies, disposal fee, and other applicable taxes.See dealer for details.

EXPIRES: 02/04/2022
Synthetic Oil Change and Tire Rotate
$79.95 plus tax

Includes:
-Up to 5 quarts of oil, filter and installation
-Tire Rotate
-Comes with brake inspection and multipoint inspection

Please present coupon at time of write-up. Prior sales excluded and cannot be combined with any other offers. Offer limited to synthetic oil up to 5 qts.
Can not be combined with any other offers. Excludes sales tax, shop supplies, disposal fee, and other applicable taxes. Excludes 0W-16 Oil Changes. See dealer for details.

EXPIRES: 02/04/2022
Battery Inspection Special

Complimentary Battery Inspection

Plus tax and hazardous waste fee if applicable. Some models may be higher. No cash value. Must present when service order is written. One coupon per customer. May not be combined with other offers. Not applicable to prior purchases. Not responsible for typographical or printing errors. Other restrictions may apply. Toyota vehicles only.

EXPIRES: 02/04/2022
Service- Exchange

$10 OFF Fluid Exchange

Please present coupon at time of write-up. Prior sales excluded and cannot be combined with any other offers. Excludes synthetic or conventional oil change.
Can not be combined with any other offers. Excludes sales tax, shop supplies, disposal fee, and other applicable taxes.See dealer for details.

EXPIRES: 02/04/2022
Brake Special

$25 off brake service per axle

No cash value. Valid only at Oak Lawn Toyota. Not valid with any other coupons or discounts. Must present coupon at time of purchase. Limit one coupon per person. Coupon does not apply to prior purchases. Retail over the counter sales only. Void where prohibited. Toyota and Scion vehicles only

EXPIRES: 02/04/2022

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