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How to check your cars engine oil

 

How do I check my cars engine oil? And How do I know if my car is low on oil? Well first warm the car up and park on a flat and level surface. Shut the car off and open the hood by pulling the release lever(generally located at the drivers left knee area). Secure the hood in the raised position. Locate the Engine Oil Dipstick, frequently a yellow ring shaped handle.

 

Remove the dipstick and wipe off the motor oil with a clean towel. Fully reinsert the dipstick and remove to read the current level. Dipsticks all have a range indicated by a hole, crosshatched area or notches. Ideally the oil should be a translucent brown syrup color and filled to the upper hole closest to the handle. The lower hole indicates that you are at the lowest safe operating zone and the motor oil should be immediately topped off and/or completely changed. Remember that the motor oil is the lifeblood of your Engine and a lack of lubrication can be extremely costly. Better to be safe than Sorry!

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Oil Change

How long will it take to change my oil?

That is a great question! To just merely drain and refill the engine oil on your car is a relatively easy and quick task. Unfortunately vehicle maintenance is much more than just “changing the oil” as the title suggests.

So the real question is what is an “Oil Change“?

An Oil Change is actually just one part of a 3,000/5,000/10,000 mile service. One of the many items that is completed during this service is the simple draining and refilling of the motor oil and replacement of the oil filter. Although to keep your complete vehicle safely operating as designed there are actually many more items that will be inspected, adjusted and serviced at this service visit. First of all the vehicle will have a complete digital maintenance inspection performed. All of the fluids will be checked for level, cleanliness, replacement and topped off as required. The tires will be inspected and the pressures adjusted as needed.  Throughout the maintenance inspection the technician will review the complete vehicle assessing the on board systems, the lighting, windshield wipers, air filer, cabin filter, belts and accessories. The battery is tested and the engine components are assessed. While performing work under the vehicle the technician will review the steering, suspension, drive train, tires and brakes. Throughout this process the technician will utilize an iPad to document photographs of any abnormal conditions. Following the assessment and the refilling of the motor oil the technician will reset the on board maintenance reminder system and apply a reminder to the windshield.

 

How long will this take again?

As we can see an oil change is actually much more than the simple title implies. So if you are in a rush and just do not want the actual motor oil to be neglected that can be changed in roughly 30 minutes. To actually complete the mileage service and ensure long term reliability we ask our customers to allow up to one hour.

What kind of oil do I need?

You many have been posed the question if you would like regular/standard/conventional oil or “Synthetic” oil. Just about every new car requires the use of a Synthetic motor oil. Synthetic oils are far superior offering increased protection along with extended service intervals. Please keep in mind that no matter what kind of oil your vehicle requires you should have your car in for its routine maintenance service and assessment at least every 6 months. If you drive an older car and high mileage is not a concern then a standard oil may be your best option. Ask your service advisor which is best suited for your vehicle and driving habits.

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Motor Oil Selection

What oil does your car take? With all of the motor oil options available choosing the right oil for your car seems like a daunting task. Lets start with the very most basic, the first step is simply to look in the manual. The manufacturer of your engine has invested countless amounts of time and money in selecting the proper viscosity of motor oil for your application. The oil viscosity will be listed numerically, for example; 5W-20.

Once you know the proper weight/viscosity be sure to select a motor oil brand that displays the starburst symbol, indicating that the oil has been tested by the American Petroleum Institute (API). Whether to choose Castrol, Mobile, Valvoline, Quaker State, Pennzoil, Shell, or equivalents is a matter of preference. The most important selection is choosing the proper viscosity of a certified and tested motor oil, and of course changing it on a consistent basis!

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