Like any car owner, you want to keep your Acura TL running strong and roadworthy. One of the easiest ways to ensure the health of your car is to regularly check the oil. In fact, you should check the oil every time you stop to fill up. Montgomeryville Acura knows the importance of regular oil maintenance, which is why they’ve put together this quick guide to help you check your Acura TL‘s oil.
Steps on Changing Your Own Oil
First, you need to park the vehicle on a level surface after getting the engine up to normal operating temperature. The easiest time to do this for most people is while getting gas. Remember, cold oil won’t provide an accurate reading; the oil must be measured warm.
Next, pop the hood, release the hood latch and raise the hood of your vehicle. The dipstick is located on the right side of the engine and has a looped handle. Grasp the dipstick handle and remove it. Use a rag or cloth to clean the dipstick and return it to its sheath.
Remove the dipstick again, but don’t wipe it clean this time. Take a look at the end of the dipstick where the oil measurement markings are located. The markings indicate the safe operating oil levels for your Acura TL. Ideally, the oil level should fall into the safe zone. However, this isn’t always the case. If the oil level is low, you will need to add enough to get it into the safe zone.
Make sure to also pay attention to the color of the oil. Even if it hasn’t been 3,000 miles since your last oil change, you might need to change it early. Stop-and-go traffic and driving on dirt roads can make your oil dirtier faster. If you’re Acura TL is losing a lot of oil between changes, there might be a mechanical problem you need to have checked out.
If this task seems to hard to do yourself feel free to call Montgomeryville Acura. Our well trained mechanics know a well-maintained vehicle is a reliable vehicle, and their professional and friendly staff is there ready to help you keep your vehicle on the road. Let their service department take care of your next oil change or repair that pesky oil leak today. Give them a call or visit to schedule an appointment.