How to Check Car Oil: A Step-by-Step Guide

Checking oil level on dipstick
Welcome to the informative guide on checking car oil, brought to you by the service team at Dennis Dillon Kia. To safeguard the engine’s internal moving components and ensure optimal performance, it is crucial to maintain the correct level of motor oil in your Kia vehicle. Whether you navigate the bustling streets of Nampa or venture onto the open road, knowing how to check car oil is vital for all drivers. Continue reading to gain valuable insights into the process of checking car oil and its significance in preserving your vehicle’s health.



How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

To ensure your Kia vehicle’s engine stays in optimal condition, regularly checking the oil level is needed. While some newer cars use electronic oil monitors, traditional dipsticks are still common. Follow these steps to manually check the oil level:

  1. Park your vehicle and turn off the engine (make sure it’s on level ground)
  2. Open the hood and locate the dipstick.
  3. Remove the dipstick and wipe off any oil from its end.
  4. Re-insert the dipstick fully into its tube and then remove it again to examine both sides.

How to read the dipstick: The dipstick will have indicators showing the proper oil level. If the oil streak is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, the level is where it needs to be. If it falls below the recommended level, additional oil must get added. Remove the oil filler cap and add oil gradually until the dipstick shows you the right level.

Pro Tip: When adding oil, be sure to purchase the grade recommended in your owner’s manual. Check out Synthetic Oil vs. Conventional Oil!

Checking Your Car’s Oil Level: Why It’s Important?

Regularly checking your car’s oil level is vital for optimal performance and preventing potential engine damage. Oil changes are recommended twice a year, but monthly oil checks are crucial. Regular checks allow you to detect leaks early and ensure your vehicle has sufficient oil for all your journeys through Caldwell.

If you observe a hot hood or steam coming from under it, schedule a service appointment promptly, as these signs may indicate an oil leak and engine overheating.

How to Reset Oil Change Light

Resetting the oil change light is essential after completing an oil change, as failure to do so can lead to long-term damage to your vehicle. Although the process may vary between vehicles, the general steps are as follows:

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

  1. Turn off all systems in your car but keep the engine running.
  2. Find the RESET button or stick on your dashboard. This is generally near the speedometer and fuel gauge.
  3. Hold down the button until the oil change light begins to flash (the reset indicator may differ depending on your vehicle).
  4. Turn off the ignition, wait a few seconds, then turn your car back on.

Following these steps should reset the oil change light. For any inquiries regarding resetting your oil change light, contact our service team.

Schedule Your Oil Change at Dennis Dillon Kia and Maintain Your Kia’s Performance!

In summary, checking your car’s oil level regularly is crucial for maintaining engine health. By following the proper steps and ensuring the right oil level, you can extend the life of your vehicle and enjoy worry-free journeys on the roads of Boise. At Dennis Dillon Kia, our dedicated service team is committed to keeping your vehicle in prime condition. With our service specials and expert advice, you can trust us to provide exceptional care. Schedule a service with us today, or reach out online for further assistance. We aim to be your trusted car service resource in Meridian!


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