How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Engine oil. Motor oil. Gas oil. Black gold. There are many names and nicknames for the stuff that goes inside your Lexus’ engine and helps keep things running smoothly. But regardless of what you call it, oil needs to be checked regularly. Why is that? Because over time, it loses its effectiveness. Accordingly, if you’re looking to learn how to check the oil level in your car, you find yourself in the right place. Read on or contact us at Lexus of Pleasanton for further information.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Many new cars — especially luxury vehicles like your Lexus — are now equipped with electronic oil monitoring systems, making checking the oil level in your car as simple as looking at a screen. That said, if your vehicle is older, you may need to do things the “old school” way. Here’s how:

  1. Park the vehicle on level ground. Turn off the motor. Let it sit until it has cooled down.
  2. Pop the vehicle’s hood and locate the dipstick. Refer to your owner’s manual if needed.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine.
  4. Wipe the tip of the dipstick to clean.
  5. 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.

Important Tips for Checking Car Oil:

  • Dipsticks generally have markings that indicate the oil level. If the oil is in between the markings, then the oil level is sufficient.
  • Be sure to purchase the oil grade recommended in the owner’s manual
  • To top off your car’s oil, first, take off the oil filler cap. Next, add oil a little at a time until the dipstick reading shows that you’ve added enough oil in.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Oil changes are important; that’s been established. But so are oil level checks! Not only should the oil in your car be fresh, but it should also be filled to the right level. This ensures that your vehicle can function as intended. That’s why you should check your oil at least once a month.

By doing so, you’ll be able to tell if there are any leaks, and your car has enough oil for all your journeys through Dublin and beyond. If, however, you notice your engine is hot to the touch and smokes, you should not just check your oil level — you should schedule service with us immediately!

How to Reset Oil Change Light

The general process of how to reset an oil change light remains similar for many vehicles, despite the fact that the specifics of the procedure may vary. For exact instructions on how to reset the oil change light for your particular year, make, and model vehicle, refer to your owner’s manual or contact our service team. Otherwise, here’s general information that should suffice:

How to Reset Oil Change Light: Step-by-Step:

  • Turn all systems of your car off, but leave the engine running.
  • Find the “reset” button or stick on the dashboard (typically found near the speedometer and fuel gauge).
  • Hold the button down until the oil change light begins to flash (sign of resetting may differ per vehicle).
  • Turn the ignition off, wait a few seconds, then turn your car back on.

The above procedure should have reset your oil change light. If so, congratulations! If not, feel free to call 925-401-3565 for additional assistance.

Lexus of Pleasanton: Your Source for Reliable Car Maintenance

We’re happy to be your premier source for all things Lexus-related in the greater Pleasanton area! Our new & used dealership is also your one-stop shop for reliable, affordable service and maintenance, and that includes oil checks, oil changes, and even complimentary maintenance. Get in touch with us today with questions or schedule service online now!

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