How to Check Oil Level of a Motor Vehicle

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Checking Your Car’s Oil Level And Tire Pressure

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It’s important for you to know how to check the air pressure in your car’s tires as well as your vehicle’s oil level. Doing this will make it possible for you to know when maintenance is necessary. It can also help you notice any undetected problems that could become a concern in the future.

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Under-Inflated Tires

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driving on tires that are under-inflated is dangerous. At any given time, a third of the vehicles on the road have one or more under-inflated tires. If the pressure in a tire is too low, there is an unsafe amount of the tire’s surface touching the road. This will increase the amount of friction being created. This higher amount of friction could result in a tire overheating. This could cause a tire to experience tread separation, premature wear as well as an increased chance of a blowout.

Checking Tire Pressure


There are places that permit you to put air in your tires. These stations may supply their own tire pressure gauge. Not all of these gauges are accurate. Getting a dependable air pressure gauge is not expensive, and you will know that it’s accurate. A tire pressure gauge is designed to measure pounds per square inch (PSI). An air pressure gauge can provide a digital PSI reading as well as by notches. This will depend on the gauge. There is a valve stem on the tire of your car. It appears to be an air nozzle. Place the gauge evenly on the valve stem. Once it is put firmly put down on the valve stem, air will flow up into the tire pressure gauge. This is when the gauge will provide an accurate reading. The correct PSI for your tires will be listed in your owner’s manual. There may also be a sticker on the driver’s side door indicating the recommended tire PSI. Put air in the tire if needed but be certain to not over inflate them. This could cause faster wear and also lead to a blowout.

Importance Of Checking Oil Level

You should check the oil in your car at least one time each month. This will let you know if there is enough oil in your vehicle. It will also let you know the oil is not contaminated. The oil in a vehicle acts as a lubricant. Over time, oil breaks down and will lose its lubricating properties. This is a natural occurrence. Oil’s ability to lubricate an engine will decrease friction. This removes heat from the parts of an engine that are moving. Some newer engines will have an oil cooler. This is designed to pump cooled oil back into the engine to decrease its temperature. The oil in an engine is also able to filter out debris from its oil galleys and crankcase.

Checking Oil


It’s important for you to check the owner’s manual for your vehicle to locate where the oil dipstick is located. Make certain your vehicle is cold. This should not be done until a vehicle is off for fifteen minutes or longer. Start the process out by pulling out the oil dipstick and wiping it on a rag that is clean and free of lint. Once the dipstick is clean, it’s time to put it back. Should the dipstick get stuck doing this, you should turn it around. The pipe holding the dipstick in curved. The metal dip stick will bend in the direction of the curve. Pull the dipstick out again and carefully look at the film at the end of it. Notice the condition of the oil. This will tell you if the oil is contaminated and if more oil needs to be added.

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