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How to Check Your Oil

You bought your dream car and every weekend for three months straight you did nothing but drive around Florida. Have you changed the oil? One of the most important things a car owner should know is how to perform some basic maintenance. These little fixes will help keep your vehicle running in top condition for longer. A car needs motor oil in order to run most effectively, and checking it is easy – if you know how. So, get ready to get a little grease under your nails, we're here with some tips on how to check your oil.

  1. Make It A Habit - In most of Florida, and for most of the year, it's hot. Heat can affect oil in your engine, as well as driving. For vehicles that are more than seven years old, you should make a habit to check your oil once a month. Every so often, peak under the car after it has been sitting for some time and look for spots caused by oil. Most of all, do a full check of your vehicle's oil life before you go on a road trip.
  2. Patience Is A Virtue - Never check your car's oil immediately after driving it. Wait 30 minutes for the engine to cool. Not only is this safer, you will get a more accurate reading of the oil as it settles.
  3. Hood Is Open, Now What? - When you check your oil, first locate the dipstick. The handle is usually marked with a bright color, and in newer cars will say ‘Oil.' Pull the stick out and make mental note of how high up the oil is. Wipe it clean with a rag, then slide it back into the slot. Pull the dipstick out again and take another reading. If you do not see the word, ‘ADD,' then your oils levels are fine. If the level is low, you will see the word etched on the stick.
  4. How Do I Add Oil? - In your engine is a top marked oil. Remove the top and slide a funnel into the slot. Here is where you will add oil, but be very careful. Make sure you are adding the right oil (check the owner's manual) and do not add too much. If you need to check if you have added enough, you will have to run the car for a few minutes, let the engine cool, and then check the dipstick again. Do not run the car with the top of the oil off or dipstick in.
  5. We Recommend - Checking your oil is important, but we recommend that when you need to change the oil that you take it to a professional. A complete oil change requires the removal and replacement of the oil filter, and for that you need a special tool. If you have an extended warranty contract, you may qualify for lower costs for oil changes.