To ensure a long and healthy life for your vehicle, it's important that you regularly check and maintain your car's oil level. Usually, you'll receive a warning light on your dashboard when it's time to service your car, but you can also manually check it yourself to get an accurate reading.

The team at Bill Rapp Subaru in Syracuse, NY, will show you how.

Reasons to Check Your Engine Oil Level

Before heading to the car, you should first understand why it's so important to stay on top of your engine oil levels. Low or dirty engine oil can cause a number of mechanical issues in your vehicle, ultimately causing it to shut down and stop working entirely. Good engine oil can stop this by preserving engine lubrication, preventing excess condensation, and preventing sludge buildup.

When to Check Your Engine Oil Level

The best time to check your engine oil level is when your engine is cold and the oil has had the chance to collect at the bottom of the engine oil pan. If your engine oil has fully made its way to the bottom of the engine oil pan, you're able to maintain an accurate reading of your engine's oil level. It usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes for a vehicle's oil to settle and the engine to cool.

The worst time to check your engine oil level is after driving or when your vehicle is warm or hot. Warm or hot conditions causes your engine oil to expand. When reading your engine oil level in a warm or hot vehicle, you won't be able to maintain an accurate reading.

Checking your engine oil level at least once a month when the vehicle is cold and topping it off accordingly is a great way to increase your vehicle's life span and stay on top of preventative maintenance.

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How to Check Your Engine Oil Level

  •  Make sure that you're parked on as level ground as possible.
  • Prop open the hood of your car and locate the dipstick, which will typically have a bright orange handle with the word OIL on it.
  • Pull out the dipstick, being careful not to turn it upside down.
  • Read the dipstick by looking for two marks on the bottom that will indicate a full or low level of engine oil. If the oily section of the dipstick falls between these marks, you're good to go. Otherwise, you might want to have your oil checked and changed by a professional.

Have Your Oil Changed by a Professional

If you're checking your engine oil level in Syracuse or in the neighboring Oneida or Liverpool areas, stop in at Bill Rapp Subaru today to have your vehicle serviced by a professional. Our Subaru service center is home to a number of trained technicians to keep your vehicle and Subaru running like new.

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