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1560 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA, 92029

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Dealership Info

Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Sat9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sun11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    (We will be closed on Easter (Sunday, April 4, 2021))
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - SunClosed

How to Check a Car’s Oil

Oil Replacement

You already know that Mazda oil changes are essential if you want your vehicle to last. However, you might not realize just how important it is to know how to check your car’s oil at home in San Marcos or Vista! Regular peeks under the hood can help you catch leaks before they cause massive damage or detect issues with your engine’s functioning. Ready to find out how to check the oil level in your car? We’ve covered everything you need to know below.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

When you’re checking the oil level in a car, your engine should be cool. Once you’re parked on level ground in Carlsbad or Poway, turn off your engine and give it 15 to 20 minutes. Then, grab a rag that you won’t mind getting dirty. Then take these steps:

  1. Locate the dipstick to the left or the right of your engine. Not seeing a brightly-colored handle? Double-check your owner’s manual for the location.
  2. You’ll need to draw the dipstick out of its sheath, wipe it clean, and then reinsert it! When you pull it out for the first time, you won’t see an accurate reading.
  3. After cleaning, inserting the dipstick into the sheath will tell you exactly what level your car’s oil is at! If it’s between the min and max lines, or within the crosshatched area, you’re good to go.

Need to add more oil? Make sure that you’re using the correct product for your Mazda, and remember to add more oil slowly, using a funnel. Check your level a few times as you fill to avoid overfilling.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Whether you’re a daily driver in Carlsbad or someone who only takes their vehicle out on occasion, knowing how to check a car’s oil levels is an important skill! That’s because an oil leak can occur at any time, and if you haven’t always noticed what’s coming out from under your vehicle, checking the oil level manually may be the only way to prevent major damage as a result of overheating. Checking your car’s oil level manually also gives you a chance to get up close and personal with the lifeblood of your vehicle! Are there any particles suspended in the fluid? Does it smell burnt, or look darker than it should be? All of these are indicators that it’s time to schedule service.

Get Your Next Mazda Oil Change at Mazda of Escondido!

Still have questions about Mazda oil changes and recommendations? Maybe you’re ready to schedule service! No matter where you’re headed next, make sure to check out our rotating service specials and oil change coupons before you stop in.

Interested in taking on a more challenging DIY task at home? Find out how to do a tire rotation today.

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1560 Auto Park Way • Escondido, CA 92029

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