How to Check Car Oil Level

Auto Mechanic Checking Oil


Knowing how to check the oil levels in a car is an essential part of protecting your engine’s internal components, whether you’re cruising around Chicago or going on long road trips across Illinois. Find out more about how to check the oil in a car with the service experts at Ray Buick, Inc. below! 

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Some newer Buick vehicles have electronic oil monitors instead of a traditional dipstick, so you’ll want to check your owner’s manual for more information before changing your oil. However, if you’re checking your oil manually, you should follow the instructions outlined below: 

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

Why Learn How to Check Car Oil Levels?

Having the proper oil level is crucial to maintaining your vehicle’s performance. Experts recommend getting your oil changed at least twice a year, however, your model and driving habits can affect your required oil change frequency. 

Is oil leaking from your Buick vehicle? Is your car’s hood fuming hot to the touch? Is there steam billowing out from the hood when you’re driving through Oak Lawn? Then you need to schedule service at Ray Buick, Inc. immediately – your vehicle’s engine could be overheating or you might have an oil leak!

How to Reset Oil Change Light

Even though resetting the oil change light differs slightly from model to model, the general process remains mostly the same. Keep in mind that you should only reset the oil change light if you’ve already changed your oil. Missing an oil change because you keep turning off the oil change light can be disastrous to your vehicle’s longevity. 

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

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

Keep Your Vehicle in Great Condition with the Help of Ray Buick, Inc.!

Our veteran service team is ready to assist drivers in the Chicago area and beyond! Reach out to us online to schedule a service appointment, find out more about our available service offers, or learn more service and parts information. We look forward to taking care of your vehicle and getting you safely back on Orland Park-area roads!

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