Part of maintaining a healthy vehicle is making sure it is properly lubricated. Get routine oil changes and check oil levels – once a month or so. Oil changes are essential to your vehicles general health.
Make 2018 the year you create a new habit of checking your oil level frequently. Set a reminder on your smart phone so you never forget this important task.
Regular maintenance varies from vehicle to vehicle, so consult your owner’s manual. Typically you should change your oil every 6,000 miles or so, but some vehicles use synthetic oil, or have different change intervals. You can bring the car into your local mechanic and they will change it for you, and check other fluids at the same time. However, checking your oil should be done by you, on a regular basis – make it a habit.
Here is how to check it:
Needed Materials… a paper towel or rag and sufficient light to see the dipstick handle
- After the engine has turned off, wait at least 5 minutes.
- Make sure you are on a level surface.
- Look for your car’s oil dipstick undernearth the hood of the car. It usually says oil or displays an oil can icon.
- Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag or paper towel.
- Put the dipstick all the way back in.
- Pull the dipstick back out and inspect it without turning it upside down. You should have two markers (lines or holes) near the bottom of the dipstick. If the oily part ends below the bottom marker, you need more oil. Never add more than a quart of oil at a time before rechecking the oil level. Too much motor oil is bad for the vehicle. If the oil level is between the two markers, you are good to go.
NOTE – You can purchase prepaid oil change vouchers to make regular maintenance that much easier. EAT Auto has voucher packages available for a limited time. Click here for details on the package voucher program.