How to Check Car Oil

As a smart driver in the Trevose, Philadelphia, and Bensalem area, you know engine oil is a key component to our vehicle and how crucial oil changes are in allowing your car to run smoothly. Knowing the importance of it or even how to check your car oil is a completely different story for some.

There is no need to worry because Faulkner Toyota Trevose has you covered. We’re here to give the details on why this substance is so critical, how to change it, and how to make sure your oil is in the clear. Keep reading to learn more.oil leaking from car

The Importance of Engine Oil & Why to Check it

Oil is an essential part of what goes on under your hood. It acts as a lubricant and coolant for your engine by cutting down friction between moving parts, reducing heat. Dirty or insufficient oil does not do its job, which can result in pricey repairs to your engine or the possibility of needing to buy a new one completely.

Over time, the oil in your vehicle will burn off or collect debris and dirt, making it dirty. Checking it as often as once a month can help see if you need to add new oil or to have it changed out. Don’t know how to do this? No need to stress, we have your back.

How to Check Your Engine Oil in 4 Easy Steps

  1. 1. When your engine is off and cool, open your hood and locate your dipstick. It should be located near the front or back of your engine depending on what type of vehicle you own. Once you find it, pull that sucker out and wipe it with a clean rag.


  1. 2. Stick the dipstick back into the pipe. There is a possibility it can get “stuck” since this pipe is typically curved. Just turn it around and it should slide in fine this way.


  1. 3. Pull the dipstick back out and look at the end of the stick. There should be labels that indicate how “full” our oil is or if you need to “add” oil to your vehicle. This is also a great time to inspect the color of your oil.


  1. 4. Place the dipstick back into the pipe and you’re all done!

What to do Next

There are some steps take after checking your oil to ensure your vehicle is good to drive. You can always gain assistance with these steps by visiting your authorized dealer’s service center.

My Oil Reached the Full Line – If your dipstick indicated your oil is full, you do not need to add oil and you’re good to go.

My Oil Reached the “Add” Line – This indicates that your vehicle needs more oil. Find out what type of oil your car uses and fill it on up.

My Oil is Dirty – Clean oil is translucent and smooth, making it easy to lubricate the engine. However, over time it gets dirty, dark, sludgy. This is your vehicle telling you it’s time to change your oil. Schedule a maintenance appointment with your authorized dealer and they’ll fix this issue right up.

Learn More About Your Vehicle’s Oil at Faulkner Toyota Trevose

Whether you need some assistance with your engine oil or its time to schedule an oil change, contact us today! Our team is always here to help customers in the Trevose, Philadelphia, and Bensalem areas.