Owning a car comes with a host of responsibilities. Not all of those responsibilities require intrinsic knowledge of how a car works. Simply taking the simple steps required for checking motor oil is among the most basic and most important things one can do.
You might find a wonderful deal on a used cars Las Vegas lot but, unless you take care of the car, it is not going to last. Driving on old, dirty oil can ruin an engine. Once the engine is wrecked, then the vehicle is likely totaled. So, doing what is required to check the oil in a car is a must.
The way to check a car’s oil entails opening up the hood and taking out the oil dipstick. Usually, the word “oil” is printed on the dipstick’s handle. This makes it easier to locate the dipstick and avoid the mistake of checking the transmission fluid. Upon pulling out the dipstick, wipe the oil off the dipstick. Once the dipstick is completely bare, it should be reinserted into the engine, removed, and then checked.
Fresh motor oil is green. Through time and use, the color of the oil is going to change. Brown oil is aging and black oil is most definitely has to be changed. Usually, it is recommended to change oil after 3,000 miles. Some say oil can last up to 5,000 miles but changing the oil when it turns black – regardless of the mileage – is strongly recommended. Also, it is wise to change oil after six months even if the oil was not driven for 3,000 miles. Oil does break down as it ages. Driving on old oil is not going to be good for an engine.
The level of the oil has to be checked as well. Oil could be low. This would be indicated if the oil was below the “full” notch on the dipstick. Wiping off the dipstick when checking it helps ensure the most accurate reading possible is made. Oil moves up and down in the engine and may settle higher on the dipstick than the actual level. So, after allowing the car to remain parked with the engine off for some time, the oil settles. Wiping the dipstick bone dry ensures an accurate reading on the level.
One more point has to be noted. Some used cars Las Vegas lots may have vehicles with very high mileage. Perhaps it would be best to use high mileage oil. Changing the oil should always entail putting the best oil in the engine.
Author: Theresa McNeil