How to Check Car Oil

Auto Mechanic Checking Oil

 

Many drivers know that a car’s motor oil is the lifeblood of the Honda vehicle. Having the right amount in there keeps the engine’s internal moving parts protected. Learn more about how to check the oil level in a car with this service guide from the experts at Voss Honda. Feel free to reach out to our service department if you have any questions.

 

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

There are newer vehicles that have electronic oil monitors, which means they don’t have a traditional dipstick to check the oil. Start by checking your vehicle’s owner’s manual for recommendations. If you’re checking the oil manually at home, follow these simple steps below:

  1. Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground and that the engine is turned off and cold.
  2. Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it.
  4. Re-insert the dipstick back into its tube, then pull it out and look at both sides to see where the level is.

Dipsticks have a way to indicate the proper oil level. If you see that the oil streak is between the two marks or within a cross-hatched area, the level is good! If it’s low, add more oil without going over the lines.

You’ll also want to make sure that you purchase the correct grade that’s recommended in the owner’s manual. Then, remove the oil filler cap and add a little bit at a time until you’ve reached the proper level.

Why Check Your Vehicle’s Oil Level?

Checking the oil is often overlooked, but having the right oil level is essential to keeping your vehicle performing at its best. Oil changes are recommended to be performed at least twice a year, but this depends on the vehicle and how it’s driven. Oil Checks should be done every month, so you can remain confident that there are no leaks and there’s enough oil for your drives through Dayton and beyond. 

With that said, if you see that your car’s hood is too hot to touch or there’s steam coming out from under the hood, schedule a service appointment right away. This could mean that your car has an oil leak and the engine is overheating.

How to Reset Oil Change Light

Remember, you should only reset the oil change light if you’ve had the oil changed recently. If you missed an oil change by mistake, this can damage your vehicle in the long run.

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

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

Your oil light should be reset and you’re good to go and enjoy your Troy travels. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our service team.

Voss Honda is Your Trusted Source for Your Servicing Needs!

At Voss Honda, you can expect competitive prices, service specials, and expert service advice, so you can rest assured that you’re in excellent hands when you visit our service center near Sidney. Schedule your next routine oil change right at home, and we’ll make sure that your vehicle continues performing at its best.

 

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