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How to Check a Car’s Oil

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Have you ever wondered about how to check the oil level in a car? Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle’s engine, and you need to be performing regular checks to make sure that nothing’s gone awry. Thankfully, learning how to check a car’s oil is a very simple process. Whether you’re checking with a dipstick or using the electronic oil monitor in your Jaguar vehicle, we’ve laid out all the steps below.

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car with a Dipstick

Not all new vehicles include a dipstick, but on many models, checking the oil level is as simple as opening up the hood.

  1. Turn the vehicle off and wait twenty minutes for all of the oil to settle back into the pan.
  2. Open the hood and locate the dipstick. It can usually be found to the left of the engine block.
  3. Pull it out and wipe it clean using a lint-free rag. Insert it back into the sheath, and draw it out one more time.
  4. Check to see where the level falls. There will usually be a cross-hatched area or a “full” line–that’s where your oil level is supposed to be.

If you need to add more oil, pick up an approved synthetic oil from our Englewood parts department. Use a funnel to add more oil into the reservoir, and work slowly to avoid overfilling. We’re easy to reach from anywhere near Fort Lee or New York City, and you can always schedule service if you’d prefer to leave this part to the experts.

If your oil is especially dark, smells burnt, or contains small metal particles, you might be dealing with a deeper issue. Let our service team take a look as soon as possible.

How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car with an Electronic Oil Monitor

On many new Jaguar vehicles, it’s possible to check your car’s oil level electronically. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Turn off your vehicle and wait about twenty minutes for the oil to settle back into the pan.
  2. Turn your key to position one–”Accessory Mode”. Or, if your vehicle has push-button start, press the start button without stepping on the brake.
  3. Navigate through the menus located near your gauge cluster using steering wheel mounted controls.
  4. Select “Oil Level” and press OK. The system will automatically check your oil level and let you know if you need to add more! Just give it a few moments to run.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Why should you know how to check your car’s oil? Motor oil prevents your engine from overheating, and it also lubricates your engine’s moving parts! Failing to keep enough oil in your engine has essentially the same effect as going too long between oil changes: you’ll risk serious damage, or even a total engine failure. 

Checking your car’s oil level regularly–roughly once every month or so–helps you to catch leaks before they cause lasting damage.

Schedule Your Next Oil Service at Jaguar Englewood

Even if you’re checking your oil level on schedule, you’ll still need to schedule regular flushes and replacements. If you’re looking for a great place to secure a Jaguar synthetic oil change near Jersey City, you’ve come to the right place! Check out our service specials to save on your next visit.


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