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How to Check Car Oil

Auto Mechanic Checking Oil

Most drivers know it’s important to keep the oil in their car filled to the appropriate level. Whether you’re a first-time car owner or you just aren’t quite sure what’s going on under the hood, it can be tough even knowing where to start. If you know you need to find the dipstick, you’ve got a leg up already, though. We’ll check your car’s oil level when you visit us for service, but it’s good to be in the habit of checking it yourself, and we can help.

Our service department wants to help you keep your car running in top shape on the New Philadelphia roads, which is why we’ve put together the helpful guide below on how to check oil level on your Nissan (or whatever you’re driving).

How to Check the Oil Level in a Car – Step by Step

Lots of Coshocton drivers have learned how to check car oil and do it regularly. And, don’t worry, the instructions for how to check the oil level in a Nissan is pretty much the same as how to check the oil level in a car of any make, but if you’re worried, it never hurts to check your manual.

Of course, if you need any help at all, feel free to schedule a service appointment with us. Here’s how to check the oil level in a car:

How to Check Car Oil

  1. Make sure the car is off and the engine has had enough time to cool down.
  2. Open the hood, and locate the dipstick.
  3. Pull out the dipstick, and wipe it clean with a rag or paper towel.
  4. Stick the dipstick back in all the way.
  5. Pull out the dipstick again, and examine the tip.
  6. The oil should reach from the end of the tip of the dipstick to the top of the crosshatched area. Some dipsticks have a line with some arrows instead of crosshatching. There should be an indication of where oil levels should be at, though.
  7. If the oil does not reach the crosshatched area, you might think you should add some oil to your engine, but we’d recommend swinging by our service center. Oil isn’t like gasoline, you shouldn’t need to refil it regularly unless something is wrong.

How Often Should You Check Your Oil?

No guide on how to check the oil level in a Nissan or any other make of car would be complete without mentioning how often to check it. Most experts recommend checking your oil once every month or so. It never hurts to check it more often, though. Maybe set yourself a reminder after filling up on gas to check your oil when you get home and the engine has had some time to cool down. It’s also a good idea to check your oil before going on a long trip.

Let Parkway Nissan of Dover Help

Does your car’s oil need to be filled or topped off often between oil changes? That may be a sign of a leak or an even more serious problem. Let the experienced technicians troubleshoot the problem and get you back on the road in no time. And, if you found this post to be helpful, check out our other automotive service tips. Remember, we’re just a short trip away from Wooster, so drop by or give us a call!

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