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How to Check Car Oil

Motor oil is essential for the proper running of your engine, but oil can break down and become contaminated over time, so it’s important to make sure you are regularly checking the condition and level of your oil. This will help prevent damage to engine components and ensure your car is running at optimum fuel efficiency on Irvine roads. Read on to learn more about how to check car oil from the Jaguar Newport Beach service center!

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

If you have a newer vehicle, you might have an electronic oil monitor that doesn’t use a traditional dipstick to check the oil level. You can find this out in your owner’s manual if you aren’t sure. If you have an older model and need to manual check the engine oil, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground and that the engine is turned off and cold.
  2. Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and examine the oil for excess debris.
  4. Wipe any oil from the end of it with a rag
  5. Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube, then pull it out and look at both sides to get an accurate oil level reading.
  6. There is usually a set of marks or a cross-hatched section on each dipstick to indicate the proper oil level range, so make sure the level is within this range.
  7. If you need to top off the oil, be sure to check your owner’s manual for the correct oil to buy.

Why Is It Important to Check Your Oil?

Generally, oil changes are recommended at least twice yearly, depending on the model and how it’s driven, but monthly oil check can monitor oil deterioration and even catch possible leaks that could be detrimental. That being said, if you notice your car’s hood is hot to the touch or steam billowing out from under the hood, this could mean there is an oil leak, causing the engine to overheat–schedule a service appointment without delay!

Rely on Jaguar Newport Beach for Your Service Needs

When it’s time to have your oil changed or get other maintenance done near Anaheim Hills, browse our rotating parts and service specials. If you have any questions about your vehicle, what service is needed, or you want to learn more about synthetic oil changescontact your local authorized Jaguar retailer for further assistance.

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