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How to Check Car Oil

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Knowing how to check car oil helps you to keep tabs on your Toyota vehicle’s overall health and to avoid costly repairs. How will you know it’s time for an oil change? Your Toyota owner’s manual will provide manufacturer-recommended oil change intervals, but you can find out for sure if you know how to check the oil level in your car at home in Maple Shade. Learn more in our handy guide below!

How to Check Oil Levels in a Car

Even if you’re inexperienced in auto maintenance, you can easily learn how to check car oil yourself! It’s as simple as opening the hood, locating the oil reservoir, and checking for the proper oil level and quality. Refer to the instructions in your owner’s annual, or follow these steps below:

  1. Park your car on level ground and turn off the ignition.
  2. Wait for the engine to cool down – at least 30 minutes.
  3. Open the hood and find the oil reservoir. You should see a cap with a pull tab on the reservoir tank.
  4. Pull the tab to draw out the oil dipstick — a long, thin metal rod that acts as a measuring stick to check the oil level. Pull the dipstick fully out of the reservoir.
  5. Wipe the oil from the dipstick with a clean rag.
  6. Re-insert the dipstick all the way into the reservoir.
  7. Taking care not to smudge the oil on the stick, draw the dipstick out once again.
  8. Your vehicle’s dipstick is marked with a range for the correct oil level. To find out the oil level in your oil reservoir, take a look at the level of the oil on the dipstick.
  9. If the oil level is within the recommended range, oil levels are all good! If the levels are low, make adjustments by adding oil a little at a time, checking the oil level again after each addition.

Why Learn How to Check Car Oil?

If you want to avoid major mechanical issues and costly repairs, a few simple steps can go a long way. First, keep up with your manufacturer-recommended service intervals. These regular inspections and services ensure that your car gets the attention it needs from certified Toyota service technicians. However other factors may influence your vehicle’s health as well — such as your driving habits, or road surfaces and weather in Marlton. Performing a few easy maintenance checks at home in Cherry Hill can save you the time, hassle, and money of unexpected repairs or a breakdown. Even if auto maintenance seems daunting, remember that learning how to check oil level in a car is easier than dealing with a damaged engine block!

Find Certified Toyota Auto Service in Mount Laurel

If you’d prefer to have a professional check the oil in your car, simply schedule service at Holman Toyota. Otherwise, our team of expert technicians is here to help when you’re ready to try checking your car oil at home! Connect with us today for more DIY car-care tips and tricks. See how often you should change your oil, and schedule a change with Holman Toyota if you’re due.

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