Hot Summer Driving Takes A Toll On Lubricants

Published on

July 1, 2019

With all of the advancements in todays engine lubricants, it is easy to take them for granted. With so many lubricant companies boasting the durability of their products and their long oil change interval possibilities,  many of us don’t take the time to inspect our vehicles oil level and the the condition of the oil itself.

Checking your vehicles oil is quick and can help you identify possible issues before they become big issues. Follow these steps and you will be able to stay ahead of your vehicles lubrication system.

Step 1 - Park your vehicle on a level surface.

Step 2 - Start your vehicle and let it run for a few minutes.

Step 3 - Shut off the engine.

Step 4 - Open your vehicles hood and locate the engine oil dipstick.

Step 5 - Grab a paper towel or rag to wide the oil from the dipstick.

Step 6 - Remove the engine oil dipstick and wipe the dipstick clean with your towel/rag.  Re-insert the dipstick and wait for one second, then remove the dipstick to inspect the engine oil level. You’re looking for two things here: the level of oil and how the oil looks.

  • If you're low on oil, you can either add another quart or simply change the oil completely.
  • The oil should look brownish yellow and clean on the stick. If the oil is a dark color or there's a lot of dirt and grime in it, then you definitely need an oil change and oil filter replacement.

If you have concerns about your vehicles engine oil level or the color or smell of the engine oil, you can always stop by one of our convenient Quality Tune Up Shops for a quick review. We use the Fluid RX lubricant testing system and we can show you what those contaminants in your oil mean.

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