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How to Check Car Oil

A Mechanic's Hand Pulling Out an Oil Dipstick on a Car to Check Oil Level

You know that your vehicle requires motor oil, no matter what kind of car or SUV you drive around Marietta. Since all vehicles rely on oil in order to lubricate moving parts and distribute heat away from sensitive components, you need to know how to check car oil regularly. Thankfully, learning how to check the oil level in your car really only takes a minute. Find out how, with United BMW.



How to Check the Oil Level in Your BMW

New BMW models come equipped with a Condition-Based Service monitor, which automatically tracks your oil life and levels. If your BMW oil light comes on, check the color:

  • If it’s orange-yellow, it means that your oil level is a bit low. This shouldn’t give you cause for alarm; just schedule service and get yourself topped off.
  • If your oil light is red, it means that your pressure is low, and you might experience problems on the roads near Johns Creek and Milton. Take immediate action.

To get a precise reading on your oil level, simply take these steps:

  • Turn on your vehicle. Make sure you’re parked on level ground.
  • Use the controls near your steering wheel to cycle through your display options
  • When you see the oil lamp, press the BC button inward, towards the wheel
  • You should see a small bar displayed, with a clock beneath it. Wait for the hands on the clock to stop moving, and read the result given below.
  • Generally, you will see a “+1” if you need to add more oil.
  • If you check the oil level, and you see the word “MAX,” you’re already good to go.

If you drive a vehicle with a dipstick, checking your oil level will require you to pop the hood, withdraw the dipstick, and reinsert it to get a proper reading. Check your owner’s manual for details if you have trouble locating yours.

How to Add More Oil to Your BMW

Now that you know how to check the oil level in a BMW car or SUV, you might be wondering how to add more motor oil to your engine! Although it’s always quick and easy to schedule oil service at United BMW, drivers with a taste for the DIY spirit can tackle this challenge with little trouble:

  1. Turn the ignition off and give your engine a moment to cool
  2. Pop the hood of your BMW
  3. Locate the oil filter cap towards, and unscrew it. Be advised that it may still be hot to the touch
  4. Get your oil funnel, and pour in your vehicle’s manufacturer-recommended motor oil
  5. Work carefully and slowly in order to prevent overfilling. Generally, you will only need to add one quart.

Our Team is Here to Help!

Do you still have questions about how to check the oil level in your BMW? We’ve got you covered. Contact our team to get the answers you need, or check out our BMW service specials to save on this essential task!

Interested in learning more about your BMW model’s capabilities? Find out how to program a BMW key fob to get started.

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