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How to Check Your Car’s Oil

Oil on a dipstick

Drivers in Cincinnati, OH know that it’s important to stay up to date on regular maintenance to keep their new Chevy in great condition. That’s why Tom Gill Chevrolet offers lots of service tips to help you know what your car needs. If you’re wondering how to check car oil, or why it’s important to do so, keep reading. 


How to Check the Oil Level in a Car

Don’t worry if you don’t know how to check car oil. It’s easy, and we’re here to help! 

  • Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground and the engine is turned off and cold.
  • Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick. If needed, refer to your owner’s manual. 
  • Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it.
  • Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube, then pull it out and look at both sides to see where the level is. 

If the oil level is below where it should be, add more with a funnel. Also, make sure there isn’t debris in the oil, which can damage the engine. This can happen in several ways: 

  • Off-roading
  • Driving on dirt or gravel roads
  • Racing
  • Heavy towing

If the oil is dirty, you’re going to need an oil change.

Mechanic checking oil level in a car

Why You Should Know How to Check Car Oil 

Most obviously, it’s important to know how to check oil level in your car so you don’t run out of oil between Covington and Independence. Even when you know how often to change your oil, you still need to check it once a month. If you don’t your car will let you know if you need to check the oil level in these ways: 

  • Check engine and/or oil change lights are illuminated 
  • Knocking sound coming from the engine
  • Dark and dirty oil 
  • Smoke emitting from the exhaust pipe 
  • Engine overheating

Get Your Oil Changed at Tom Gill Chevrolet

No matter where you are, when you know how to check car oil and recognize when you need an oil change, you’re not far from a Tom Gill Chevrolet service center! We have locations in Cincinnati and Covington that can take care of all your regular maintenance needs. 

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