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How To Check Car Oil

No matter the make and model of your vehicle, motor oil is vital. To prevent having your engine breakdown on the side of a Manchester road, you need to check your oil level often. If you do not feel comfortable checking the oil yourself, our team would be more than happy to assist you. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with Porsche Stratham. Our Service department can help ensure that the quality of your car’s oil is performing as it should.

How to Check Oil Level in Car

If your vehicle is a newer model, it likely has an electronic oil monitor instead of the dipstick traditionally used in older vehicles. To check to see which type of oil system you have, refer to your owner’s manual. If you do have to check the oil in your car manually, the below guide will help you:

  1. Park your vehicle on level ground
  2. Turn your vehicle off
  3. Wait for the engine to cool
  4. Release the latch for the hood
  5. Under the hood, locate the oil dipstick
  6. Remove the dipstick and use a rag to clean the oil off of its end
  7. Put back the dipstick in its tube, and remove it once more
  8. Compare each side of the dipstick to determine the oil level in your car

If the top of the dipstick has an oil streak between two marks or a cross-hatched area, your engine has enough oil. If not, your vehicle needs more oil. You will need to look at your manual for the correct oil grade. Once you are sure, pour the oil until the dipstick is full.

Why Should You Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Whether you live near Portsmouth or Nashua, Porsche Stratham can help check your oil! Our community drivers need to change their vehicle’s oil at least twice a year. To keep your car, truck, or SUV working properly, you should check your oil once a month. The oil in your car keeps your vehicle running smoothly. By regularly checking and changing your oil as we recommend here, you will avoid future problems with your vehicle.

Turn To Porsche Stratham For All Of Your Car Service Needs.

When you need to service your Porsche, choose Porsche Stratham. Our technicians are happy to help you with an oil change or to check your oil on your behalf. Give us a call to book an appointment for all of your car needs. We, too, offer service specials for you to save before walking in the door. At Porsche Stratham, we are here to serve you with our free pickup and delivery!

Want more service tips? Learn more about the Porsche Macan maintenance schedule or how to sanitize your car and how much an oil change costs.

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