How to Check Car Oil

Auto Mechanic Checking Oil


Checking the car oil of your Nissan vehicle is essential if you want to protect all the engine’s internal moving parts. Read on to learn more about how to check car oil from the service team at Scott Evans Nissan near Newnan! 

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Some newer electric vehicles don’t use dipsticks, so check your owner’s manual for further instructions on that. Otherwise, if you are manually checking your oil, follow these steps: 

  1. Make sure the vehicle is off, that the engine is cold, and is parked on level ground.
  2. Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the vehicle and wipe off any excess liquid.
  4. Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube, then pull it out to determine where the oil level is.
  5. If the top of your oil streak is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, the level is good. If it isn’t, you’ll need to add more oil.
  6. Remove the oil filler cap, and slowly add oil a little at a time until the dipstick indicates you have reached the proper level. Be sure to use the oil grade recommended in the owner’s manual.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Generally, oil changes are recommended at least twice yearly, and oil checks should be performed at least once a month. That way you can be confident that your vehicle can run smoothly as it drives down Douglasville roads. If you notice that the hood of your car has steam billowing from the hood or is hot to the touch, schedule an appointment as soon as possible, as your car may have an oil leak or an overheating engine.

How to Reset Oil Change Light

After getting your oil changed, you’ll have to reset the oil change light as well. Although the process may be different depending on the model, the process is mostly consistent. Here’s the step-by-step process on how to reset the oil change light:

  1. Turn all systems of your car off while leaving the engine running.
  2. Find the “reset” button near the speedometer or fuel gauge.
  3. Hold the reset button until the “oil change” light starts flashing (The reset sign may differ per vehicle).
  4. Turn the ignition off, wait a few seconds, and then turn the ignition back on. 
  5. At this point, your oil light should be reset.

If you still need help resetting your oil change light, reach out to our team!

Let the Scott Evans Nissan Service Team Keep Your Car in Prime Condition

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