How To Check Your Oil presented by Jiffy Lube

July 23, 2015 9:10 pm Published by

Technician_Car_25Oil is a vital part of the health of your vehicle. It lubricates the internal moving part of the engine, limits dirt build-up and keeps the engine from overheating. Jiffy Lube in the Greater Sacramento area recommends checking your vehicle’s oil at least once per month to make sure that there’s the correct amount of oil and that it isn’t contaminated. This is an important but easy task, and below we outline the steps for doing so yourself.

  1. Supplies needed; either a clean rag or a couple of paper towels.
  2. Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground.
  3. Ensure the engine is cool so that you don’t burn yourself on a hot engine part.
  4. Locate the hood release and open the hood.
  5. Locate the dipstick. It is usually marked with a yellow or orange handle.
  6. Pull out the dipstick and wipe away oil with a rag or paper towels.
  7. Return the dipstick to its original location and remove again.
  8. The oil level should be between the top and the bottom of the oil level mark on the dipstick. The mark may be indicated by two pinholes, the letters L and H (low and high), the words MIN and MAX, or simply an area of crosshatches. Double-check the markings you see against the owner’s manual.
  9. If the level is low, more oil needs to be added.

If you need additional instructions, you can also see our helpful step-by-step video: How to check the oil level of your vehicle.

If you determine that your vehicle needs an oil change, come by one of our Sacramento area Jiffy Lube locations. Our technicians will change the oil & oil filter, and will also inspect key components such as serpentine belts, engine air filtration system, and wiper blades. They will check the tire pressure and fill fluids like transfer case fluid, differential fluid and power steering fluid, to mention a few. As an added bonus, you’ll receive free top-offs on motor oil and any or all of these multiple vital fluids between service visits for up to 3,000 miles (up to a maximum of 2 quarts per fluid).

Interested in learning more about preventative vehicle tasks and how to perform simple maintenance checks yourself? Stay tuned for our upcoming blog on How To Check Tire Tread Depth and Pressure.


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