Making sure you have the right amount of oil in your car is crucial to protect your engine, whether you're driving around Mankato or heading out of town from Willmar. Use these step-by-step instructions from the Weelborg Ford Service Center to understand how to check your car oil. When it's time to get an oil change, make sure to browse our service coupons to save on routine maintenance.

Step-by-Step: How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

If you are driving a new Ford vehicle, it's possible that your model has an electronic oil monitor and you won't need to take the traditional steps to check your car oil. Check your owner's manual first and foremost to find out and to read Ford's recommendations.

If you're checking your oil manually, on the other hand, simply follow these steps:

  • Park your car on level ground. Turn your car off and wait until your engine is cold.
  • Open the hood of your vehicle, and locate the dipstick.
  • Remove the dipstick, and wipe any excess oil from its end.
  • Insert the dipstick completely into its tube, and pull it out.
  • Read the oil level from both sides of the dipstick.

Typically, dipsticks have indicators to show proper oil levels. You want the oil streak to land somewhere between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, as this indicates that you have the proper engine oil levels. If it falls below, however, you will need to add more oil.

If you choose to do this yourself, be sure to consult your owner's manual so that you purchase the proper oil for your engine. Then, remove the oil filler cap, add a little oil at a time, and use the dipstick to continuously check until you've reached the appropriate level.

Schedule Oil Changes with Weelborg Ford

Drivers from Marshall and beyond turn to the Weelborg Ford Service Center for oil changes, tire rotations, and other routine maintenance tasks! We even offer a complete Parts Department where you can find authentic Ford OEM parts. Schedule service online, or get in touch if you have any questions on how to check car oil. Our certified technicians are always ready to help!


Weelborg Ford

1307 E Bridge Street
Directions Redwood Falls, MN 56283

  • Sales: (800) 658-2324
  • Service: (507) 644-2931
  • Parts: (507) 644-2931

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