Engine oil, motor oil, or simply “oil”, is a crucial piece to the puzzle that is your Toyota engine and without it, your vehicle wouldn’t be able to function properly. In vehicles that employ an internal combustion engine, motor oil serves the vital role of lubricating key powertrain components. This reduces friction and dissipates heat, keeping your vehicle running as it should.
If you’ve ever rubbed your thumb and forefinger together dry vs. covered in cooking oil, you’ll understand the kind of lubricative properties oil offers and why learning how to check car oil is so important. So, read on to learn more or visit our service center or call 833-315-3922 with questions.
Most newer Toyota cars, trucks, and SUVs in Mission Hills and Cerritos come equipped with electronic oil monitors that don’t use traditional dipsticks. In these types of vehicles, all that’s required to check your oil level is to look at your vehicle’s information display, typically behind the dash. That having been said, if you’re trying to check oil on an older vehicle or look to see the oil’s color or something like that, here’s what to do:
Dipsticks always have some marker to indicating where the proper oil level is. If the top of your oil level falls between two marks or within a cross-hatched area, you should be all good. If it isn’t, you’ll need to add more oil or get a Toyota Service Fluid Replacement done at our service center in Los Angeles. The good news is that although you can schedule an appointment in advance, you can also simply drive to us for express maintenance.
Maintaining a good oil level is absolutely critical to your vehicle’s overall functionality and longevity — so much so that it’s recommended you get oil changes done at least twice yearly, even if you don’t drive a lot. Most newer vehicles will need oil changes roughly every 5,000-10,000 miles. That having been said, oil checks should be performed at least once a month. This way, you can always feel confident that there are no leaks, and your car has enough oil for all your journeys through Cerritos.
Every car is different. That being said, generally, the process for how to reset an oil change light is simple:
This should reset your oil light, but you can also just contact our service experts if you have additional questions.
Ready to get your car into the best shape its ever been in? The Toyota of Downtown LA service team is here to help. Stop by our Los Angeles location, convenient to Hollywood and Carson today! Meanwhile, browse our service specials for maximum savings on your next oil change appointment or diagnostic service appointment.
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