How to Check Car Oil

Adding oil to engine

The motor oil in your vehicle keeps the thousands of moving parts in your engine block lubricated. This helps to reduce friction, which gives off heat. Without oil, those moving parts would generate so much heat that your engine would burn up. That’s why it’s so crucial that Princeton drivers stay on top of their oil replacement schedule. Read on to learn about how to check the oil level in your car. Then schedule an appointment for oil replacement at Mercedes-Benz of Princeton. Don’t forget to check out our service offers!


Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Hamilton drivers wondering about how to check car oil should note that some newer models use electronic monitors to determine oil levels. If this sounds like your car, you need to consult your owner’s manual for specifics. However, if your vehicle features a traditional engine block, here are the steps you’ll need to follow:

  1. Park your vehicle on ground level. Set the emergency brake. Turn off the engine and let it cool for a few minutes.
  2. Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it.
  4. Re-insert the stick into the tube. Then pull it out and check out both sides of the stick to see where the oil level has risen to.

If the top oil streak is within a cross-hatched area or in between two markings, you have enough oil. If not, you need a top-off.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

You should perform an oil check once a month to ensure that you’re topped off. While this helps to prevent catastrophic engine failure, there are benefits to simply ensuring that you have the optimum amount of oil. Regularly topping off your levels can improve acceleration, fuel economy, and lengthen the lifespan of the moving parts in your engine block. Regularly getting under the hood also gives you a chance to check the other fluids in your engine block and inspect for leaks! It’s just a good practice to get into the habit of.

Let the Mercedes-Benz of Princeton Service Team Keep Your Car in Prime Condition

Now that Mercer County drivers know how to check car oil levels, if you’ve found that you’re due for oil replacement, or you’re still unsure of how to check the oil levels in your car, don’t hesitate to give Mercedes-Benz of Princeton a call(609) 372-5433. Do you have other questions related to car care? Be sure to explore our how-to videos for help!

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