How to Check Car Oil

Auto mechanic putting oil in a car engine

Motor oil is the lifeblood of your Toyota vehicle, which is why it’s essential to make sure to have the right amount of oil in your car. It allows you to safely and confidently drive around the Glendale and Milwaukee areas without any issues. If your vehicle is in need of a routine oil change, the factory-trained technicians at Andrew Toyota are here to help! But first, follow this handy guide on how to check car oil.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Newer Toyota have electric oil monitors that don’t use a traditional dipstick most drivers are used to, so it’s best to check your owner’s manual for the automaker’s recommendations.

If you are checking the oil manually, simply follow these steps:

  • Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground and that the engine is turned off and cold.
  • Open the vehicle’s hood and find the dipstick.
  • Remove the dipstick from the engine and wipe any engine oil from the end of it.
  • Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube, then pull it out and look at both sides to see where the level is.

The dipstick will indicate the correct oil level. Check the levels by looking at the top of the dipstick. If the oil streak is between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, the level is good. If not, then you need to add more oil.

Remember to purchase the grade recommended in the owner’s manual, remove the oil filler cap, then add oil a little at a time until the dipstick shows that you have reached the proper level. Once that’s completed, close the hood – you’re all set!

Car mechanic taking a look at the oil level

Let the Andrew Toyota Service Team Keep Your Car in Prime Condition

Andrew Toyota offers a variety of service specials and oil change coupons Milwaukee drivers can use to save on their next routine service. Contact our service department for additional information, with any questions about how to check car oil, or to schedule a service appointment.

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