Checking your oil is a routine part of auto maintenance. Wondering how to check oil in a car? At Ford of Ocala, we’ve put together this handy guide for you to use.
Regularly checking your oil is the best way to keep your engine in excellent shape. Starke, Gainesville, and Ocala drivers can follow the process in this guide to check their oil for the proper levels and consistency. Reach out to us to learn more!
Ready Your Car
Before you do anything else, check your vehicle owner’s manual for any specifics. Checking the engine oil is different which each vehicle. Some newer vehicles, for example, use electronic oil monitors instead of traditional dipsticks.
You’ll want to park your car on level ground and let the engine cool off. (This is so you don’t burn yourself, although with some cars, it’s best to check oil when the engine’s warm.) With the engine turned off, open the hood and locate the dipstick.
Check Your Oil
Once you’ve removed the dipstick, wipe it down with a lint-free cloth. Reinsert the dipstick and push it all the way back in. Remove it again and check the oil level and condition. If your oil looks black, feels gritty, and/or smells burnt, it may be time for an oil change. Fresh oil is a translucent amber and smooth-flowing.
Every oil dipstick has some way of indicating the proper level of oil. It may be the words “MIN” and “MAX” or the letters “L” and “H”, but there should be two measuring marks. If the oil falls between those marks and appears fresh, you’re all set. If not, you may need to change the oil or top off the existing oil.
How Often Should I Check My Oil?
It’s important to check oil on a regular basis. Most cars need an oil change every six months or 6,000 miles, so it’s smart to check it at least once during that timeframe. Ideally, though, you should be checking your oil once a month.
Frequent checks will alert you to possible problems. After all, just because your oil is supposed to last 6 months doesn’t mean it will in every case. If you notice strange colorations, smells, or other issues, make a service appointment ASAP.
Here at the Ford of Ocala Service Center, we can help you make sure your oil’s in top condition. We’ll even change your oil and oil filter if you need it, using the manufacturer-specified oil, whether it’s conventional or synthetic. Our certified technicians can deliver prompt, efficient, and effective service!
Check Your Car’s Oil Regularly
Now that you know how to check oil in a car, we hope you’ll check yours regularly. Catching issues before they start is the smartest way to approach auto maintenance.
If you need an oil change or want your oil inspected, just make an appointment here at our service center. We’ll take good care of your vehicle and have it ready for the roads of Ocala, Starke, and Gainesville in no time!