How to Check if Your Vehicle Needs an Oil Change

The oil in your car's engine is important for the proper functioning of its machinery. You must check that the oil is not grimy or polluted at regular intervals, as any oversight can negatively affect the life of your vehicle, leading to expensive repairs.

Checking For An Oil Change

Before checking your car's oil, ensure that the engine is cold or your vehicle has been off for at least ten minutes. The location of the oil dipstick depends on the drive of your car. For example, if you have a front-wheel-drive, the oil dipstick will be located on the prow of your engine.

Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag or tissue. Reinsert the dipstick. If it gets stuck on the way inside, turn it around and push it. Keep pushing it till the dipstick reaches the end, and pull it out a second time. The level of oil you see now is the true amount of lubricant present in your car. View the color and condition of the oil, adding or changing it as needed.

To refill the engine oil, screw off the oil cap and add additional lubricant with the help of a filter. Be sure to add in a little at a time, as filling too much oil will cause spillage, leading to messier problems for you. Keep reinserting the dipstick to check the amount of oil remaining to fill. Once the required level is reached, screw the oil cap tightly back on.

Oil Color

When engine oil is new or clean, it has a bright amber color to it. As the oil in the engine becomes old or gets a build-up of residue, it turns into a dark, almost black color. However, black oil itself does not necessarily affect the quality of the lubricant. To check the quality of the oil, remove some from the dipstick and rub it between your thumb and index finger. If the oil leaves a dirty smudge, it needs to be changed.

Engine oil is the lubricant that ensures the longevity of your vehicle.

Visit Montgomery Ford for any help with the oil change of your car. We are a short drive away from the cities of Abermarle, Asheboro, and Southern Pines.

Source: Ford