How to Check Oil Level of a Motor Vehicle

Check Oil – Car Care

Checking Your Car’s Oil Level And Tire Pressure

Check Engine Light

It’s important for you to know how to check the air pressure in your car’s tires as well as your vehicle’s oil level. Doing this will make it possible for you to know when maintenance is necessary. It can also help you notice any undetected problems that could become a concern in the future.

If you are ever concerned that you car is unsafe to drive please call a local tow truck company to take it to a mechanic for inspections. Do not take the risk of causing damage to your car, yourself, someone else or someone else’s car. If your located in Las Vegas give my Jorge at Down on The Corning Towing Company a call. He’s great at what he does and always goes the extra mile.

Under-Inflated Tires

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driving on tires that are under-inflated is dangerous. At any given time, a third of the vehicles on the road have one or more under-inflated tires. If the pressure in a tire is too low, there is an unsafe amount of the tire’s surface touching the road. This will increase the amount of friction being created. This higher amount of friction could result in a tire overheating. This could cause a tire to experience tread separation, premature wear as well as an increased chance of a blowout.

Checking Tire Pressure


There are places that permit you to put air in your tires. These stations may supply their own tire pressure gauge. Not all of these gauges are accurate. Getting a dependable air pressure gauge is not expensive, and you will know that it’s accurate. A tire pressure gauge is designed to measure pounds per square inch (PSI). An air pressure gauge can provide a digital PSI reading as well as by notches. This will depend on the gauge. There is a valve stem on the tire of your car. It appears to be an air nozzle. Place the gauge evenly on the valve stem. Once it is put firmly put down on the valve stem, air will flow up into the tire pressure gauge. This is when the gauge will provide an accurate reading. The correct PSI for your tires will be listed in your owner’s manual. There may also be a sticker on the driver’s side door indicating the recommended tire PSI. Put air in the tire if needed but be certain to not over inflate them. This could cause faster wear and also lead to a blowout.

Importance Of Checking Oil Level

You should check the oil in your car at least one time each month. This will let you know if there is enough oil in your vehicle. It will also let you know the oil is not contaminated. The oil in a vehicle acts as a lubricant. Over time, oil breaks down and will lose its lubricating properties. This is a natural occurrence. Oil’s ability to lubricate an engine will decrease friction. This removes heat from the parts of an engine that are moving. Some newer engines will have an oil cooler. This is designed to pump cooled oil back into the engine to decrease its temperature. The oil in an engine is also able to filter out debris from its oil galleys and crankcase.

Checking Oil


It’s important for you to check the owner’s manual for your vehicle to locate where the oil dipstick is located. Make certain your vehicle is cold. This should not be done until a vehicle is off for fifteen minutes or longer. Start the process out by pulling out the oil dipstick and wiping it on a rag that is clean and free of lint. Once the dipstick is clean, it’s time to put it back. Should the dipstick get stuck doing this, you should turn it around. The pipe holding the dipstick in curved. The metal dip stick will bend in the direction of the curve. Pull the dipstick out again and carefully look at the film at the end of it. Notice the condition of the oil. This will tell you if the oil is contaminated and if more oil needs to be added.

How to Change a Flat Tire

Repair Flat Tire – Car Care

How to Repair a Flat Tire and What You Need to Know

Everyone gets a flat tire now and then. It’s important to know how to change it because you might be stuck in a location where you have no or little access to help. The following is a step-by-step guide to changing a flat tire. You will find that it is easy to do and requires little technical competence.

Flat Tire

1) Make Sure the Vehicle Is not on an Incline – It’s very important that you make sure that your vehicle is not on a hill or incline. The last thing that you want is for your car to move from its position while you are changing a tire. You should use objects such as bricks to make sure that the car won’t roll. You should also turn on your hazard lights to alert other cars that you are changing a tire.

2) Put Your Parking Brake on – This will further prevent your car from moving or rolling.

3) Place the Jack in Position – You need to get a hold of the jack and place it underneath your car’s frame near the tire that needs to be changed. It might be a good idea to look at the owner’s manual to find the precise best spot to locate the jack.

Car Jack

6) Raise the Car – You should raise the jack so that it is supporting the car. This doesn’t mean that you should lift the car with the jack. Make sure that the jack is firmly supporting the car.

7) Remove the Wheel Cover or Hubcap – You may need to pry it off with a screwdriver. You may also need to pry it off in a couple of spots to loosen it.

8) Loosen the Nuts – You need to loosen the nuts by turning them counterclockwise. You shouldn’t take them off. Just loosen them. When you first loosen the nuts, the wheel should be still on the ground. This will help you gain traction on the nuts.

9) Raise the Car Off of the Ground – You need to do this so that you can get the tire off of the car. When you do this, you must make sure that the car is stable on the jack. If there is an issue, lower the jack and fix it before you lift the car again.

10) Take the Tire off of the Vehicle – You should do this by first removing the nuts and then pulling the tire from the car.

Tire Iron

11) Put the Spare Tire on – You must align the rim of the spare with the wheel bolts and then put on the lug nuts. After you have them in, it’s necessary to tighten them. Also, you should make sure not to use so much force when tightening the nuts. You might disturb the jack.

12) Lower the Jack – You should lower the car while letting the jack support some of the weight of the tire. Then tighten the nuts one by one. At that point, you can fully lower the jack and take it out. Finish tightening the nuts and put the hubcap back on.

13) Put the flat tire in your trunk and drive the car to your chosen mechanic. They will fix the tire if it’s fixable or sell you a new one if it’s not repairable.

As you can see, changing a flat tire is not very difficult and requires very little technical skill. By following the steps above, you can make sure that your vehicle is safe to drive back to your mechanic. You need to always make sure that you are carrying a spare tire, a jack, and the proper tools to take off and install a tire.


How Check a Car Battery

I wanted to begin with providing you all value in a unique way. I have put together a 3 part post for a ‘how-to’ guide for basic car care.

How to Check Your Car Battery and Signals to be Aware of.

Car Battery

Little in life is more frustrating than that moment when you turn the key in your car’s ignition and….nothing happens. What is wrong? Is it the battery? How can you tell?

What many drivers do not realize is that a battery continues to age even when it is not in use. So whether you drive your car frequently or rarely, your battery will typically need to be tested every two to four years and replaced every three to six years.

In this post, learn how to check your car battery to see if it needs replacing. Also learn about early warning signals to be aware of so you can replace your car battery before it dies on you.

Prepare Your Vehicle for Battery Checking

Jumper Cables
If your battery has become covered in debris or corroded, the first thing you need to do is clean it off and inspect it. A clean battery is more likely to last longer than one that is poorly maintained, and sometimes a simple cleaning and inspection can restore weak connections and give your battery new life.

Here is what to do:

– Turn your car off, remove the cover and disconnect the two cables.
– Use baking soda, water and a soft scrub or toothbrush to clean battery acid deposits away from the two battery terminals (positive, negative).
– Blow away any debris with a hair dryer or leaf blower.
– Dry everything with a soft lint-free rag or allow to air dry.
– Reconnect the positive cable and then the negative cable.
– Add a coating of petroleum jelly or auto grease to prevent future corrosion.
– Replace any corroded, frayed or cracked clamps/cables.
– Check the battery casing itself for cracks or excess wear and tear.

After you do this cleaning and visual inspection, you are ready to perform the battery tests.

3 Ways to Check Your Car Battery

Depending on which test(s) you do, you will need a voltmeter or a power probe (you should be able to find each of these at any auto parts store or online).

Method #1Take a Voltmeter Reading.
Touch the positive voltmeter lead to the positive terminal on your car battery while touching the negative voltmeter lead to the negative terminal on your car battery.

The voltmeter will give you a voltage reading. If the reading is lower than 12.4 volts, your battery needs charging. If it is higher than 12.9 volts, your battery is receiving excess charge that needs to be discharged for safety.

Method #2Take a Power Probe Reading.

Jump Start

A power probe is similar to a voltmeter. With the power probe, you want to attach positive to positive and negative to negative on your car battery, exactly the same way you did with the voltmeter. Use Method #1’s voltage readings to determine what to do next.

Method #3Crank the Engine.
The third and final way to check your car battery is by cranking the engine. You may need an assistant to do this test. Turn the key in the ignition and hold it for two seconds.

While you do this, have your assistant hold the power probe as described in Method #2 here. A reading of below 9.6 volts indicates the battery isn’t able to hold the charge.

By knowing how to test your own car battery, you can keep yourself from being stranded when the battery dies suddenly. You can also get your battery serviced when tests indicate to do so and prolong its useful life.