How to Check Your Oil
Learn How to Check Your Oil
One of the most important rules of vehicle ownership is taking care of the oil in your Chevrolet. Checking the oil regularly is necessary to make sure the engine has what it needs to function, especially as your vehicle gets older. Here are the basic steps for checking your oil on any vehicle.
Checking the Oil
Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground to get an accurate reading. Check the oil once the vehicle has been sitting for a while and the oil has settled into the crankcase. This is called a cold check.
Lift the hood on the vehicle, which is usually done by a lever on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Older models may not have this lever and open from an outside latch under the hood. Once the lever has been pulled, the hood will release. You’ll need to lift it a bit to release the safety catch under the front edge of the hood. Prop the hood up with the attached arm. Look for the dipstick, which usually has a yellow or orange top with an oil can on it.
Take the dipstick out of the tube and wipe it off with a paper towel or clean rag. Place the stick back down into the tubing until it is completely inserted. Lift it out again slowly and look at the end. You will see two lines that show the maximum and minimum amount of oil for this model. You may see the words Full and Add or Min and Max. There may be a crosshatch area between the two lines. Any of these provide information about when the engine has enough oil or when it needs to be added.
If the oil level is anywhere between the two lines, the engine has enough to operate properly. If the oil falls below the Add or Min line, you need to add a quart. After adding a quart, let the vehicle sit for a few minutes and check the level again.
How Often to Check the Oil
It’s a good idea to check the oil once a month or once a week on older models or those with high mileage. When checking the level, you should also look at the condition of the oil. If it looks dirty or has sediments in it or if it is thick, it’s time for an oil change. If you notice the oil looks milky, it may mean that coolant is leaking into the engine, which could indicate a blown gasket or other repair is needed.
Change the oil on your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Even if the oil doesn’t look dirty, following the recommendations ensures the engine continues to operate in prime condition by reducing wear on the components.
An oil change can extend the life of your engine and help to maintain the resale value of the vehicle. It also reduces the need for repairs and provides more reliable transportation for you and your passengers.
If it’s time for an oil change, schedule an appointment with Premier Chevrolet of Seaside. Go online, give us a call, or just stop by and let our team care for your vehicle.