Even if you always change your oil on time, you should know how to check a car’s oil level at home. Motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine, and the consequences of a leak can be dire if the situation isn’t remedied in short order. Your BMW vehicle automatically tracks your oil levels, and you can get a precise reading through your dashboard. Knowing how to check the oil level in a car with a dipstick may also come in handy, so we’ve covered both options below.
Every new BMW vehicle includes the brand’s Condition-Based Service monitor. Significant changes in your car’s oil level are automatically displayed on your dashboard:
You can also use your steering wheel-mounted controls to get a more accurate reading of your oil level:
Checking your car’s oil level with a dipstick is not much more difficult. If you can locate the dipstick under the hood, all you’ll need to do is pull it out, wipe it clean with a lint-free rag, and reinsert it into the chamber. When you draw it out a second time, you’ll see if your oil level is too low or too high.
If your vehicle is telling you that you need to add more oil, make sure that you’ve purchased appropriate oil for your vehicle. Ask an expert at our parts department if you’re not sure what to buy, or schedule oil service and let us take care of everything in house.
Here’s how to add more oil at home:
You probably won’t need to add more than one quart, and having too much oil isn’t much safer than having too little. Ready to try something a little more difficult? Check out our DIY car care tips today!
You can always call us at (855) 708-7748 if you have any questions about caring for your vehicle. We even collect our most useful service tips and tricks online! If you’ve decided that it’s time to schedule service, make sure to check out our service specials before you drive in from Turnersville or Williamstown.
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