How to Check Car Oil

Oil cap

Every vehicle needs oil and you should always make sure there’s just enough to keep all of the engine’s internal moving parts working right. Protect your vehicle’s engine and more by learning how to check your car’s oil. Let the technicians at the Leman's Chevrolet City Llc service center help you keep your vehicle running right on Normal and Decatur roads.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Some newer vehicles have electronic oil monitors that don’t use traditional dipsticks, so start by checking your owner’s manual for the automaker’s recommendations. Checking your vehicle’s oil is easier than it sounds. If you’re at home and checking the oil manually, simply follow these steps:

  • Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground and that the engine is turned off and cold.
  • Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  • Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it.
  • Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube, then pull it out and look at both sides to see where the level is.

Dipsticks help indicate where the proper oil level is. If the oil streak is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, the level is at a good place. If it’s not, you will need to add more oil. It’s important to make sure you’re using the correct type of oil when adding more or changing the oil out completely. Be sure to buy the grade recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, remove the oil filler cap, then add oil a little at a time until the dipstick indicates you’ve reached the proper level.

Oil Change

Let the Leman's Chevrolet City Llc Service Team Help!

Keep your new vehicle running smoothly around Springfield and beyond by keeping up with the recommended maintenance schedule. Not sure where to start? Contact our service department to get an idea of what your vehicle needs and when, including how to check oil level in car.

Have more questions about our services? We can help you figure out why your car is overheating, learn how to rotate tires, and even help you shop for your next car by weighing good used car mileage and the difference between a coupe and sedan.

More From Leman's Chevrolet City Llc

  • 2024 Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity

      Chevrolet pickups are some of the most dependable trucks on and off-road across IL from Normal to Morton. From the midsize Colorado to the heavy-duty Silverado, there is a Chevrolet pickup for every need. The full-size 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 price is the sweet spot for most pickup truck buyers. But you may be…

  • 2024 Chevy Trax MPG

      The 2024 Chevy Trax is a compact SUV offering plenty of engine power, a surprisingly roomy interior, and a distinctive style inside and out. What’s more, the Chevy Trax mpg ratings are sure to minimize your trips to the gas pumps of Normal and Decatur while maximizing your fuel dollar. Below, Leman's Chevrolet City Llc provides an…

  • 2024 Chevy Trailblazer Interior

      The Chevy Trailblazer interior is well-appointed and spacious — the perfect fit for drivers in the Normal area! Whether you’re usually a single driver or need room for passengers in the rear, you’ll find the Chevy Trailblazer dimensions to be generous and adaptable. Leman's Chevrolet City Llc has put together a quick guide to the 2024 Chevy…

Garage

Your garage is empty.
Save some vehicles to get started!
Leman's Chevrolet City Llc 40.4594, -88.9703.