How to Check Car Oil

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All vehicles need oil and when your model doesn’t have enough or it isn’t changed often, it can’t run to its full potential. Not changing the oil could cause damage as you drive through Madison. Learn how to check car oil with the Mazda of Jackson service experts today so you can keep your model running smoothly on Brandon roads and beyond for longer. Once you learn how to check the oil level in your car, if you need assistance changing it, be sure to contact our service department.


Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Most newer vehicles have electronic oil motors that don’t require the use of a traditional dipstick. When learning how to check the oil level in your car, you’ll want to make note of whether your vehicle has one or not. The best place to start is your owner’s manual to check for recommendations. If you’re able to check the oil levels manually, follow these steps:

  1. Park your vehicle on level ground, turn off the engine, and allow time for everything to cool down.
  2. Locate the dipstick under the hood.
  3. Remove the dipstick and clean any excess oil with a rag.
  4. Insert the dipstick all the way into the tube, then pull it out. Examine both sides of the dipstick to gain an understanding of the oil level.

On a dipstick, you’ll notice markings to indicate where the proper oil level should be. If the top edge of the oil streak is located between the two marks or within the crosshatched area, the level is sufficient. If the level comes back low, slowly add more oil until the levels are where they should be. Before adding oil, be sure to consult your owner’s manual for the recommended grade.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Checking that the oil is at a proper level can make the difference between smooth sailing and untimely breakdowns for various reasons, including your car overheating. Typically, this service should be completed twice a year. If you’re unsure when the last oil change on your vehicle was, schedule service at Mazda of Jackson, and our technicians can help assess your vehicle’s oil. Learn what your Mazda model’s maintenance schedule is to keep track of when your vehicle needs maintenance. If you’ve checked your oil and notice metal particles or a low level, remember you can save more with the available service specials at Mazda of Jackson when you schedule an appointment with us.

Learn More at the Mazda of Jackson Service Center

No matter your automotive needs, the Mazda of Jackson service team can be of service, starting with our carefully curated list of service tips. Contact us today with any questions, to learn about the Mazda6 safety ratings, how to clean car floor mats, how to replace a key fob battery, or to learn more DIY car-care tips.

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