How Much Oil Does Your Car Need?

by | Mar 17, 2020 | Best Practices | 0 comments

Oil is the lifeblood of your engine

Oil is crucial to the proper functioning of your car’s engine. It helps lubricate vital engine components, reducing friction between parts and ensuring the engine does not overheat. Motor oil also helps clear deposits and other contaminants from your engine. Although cars don’t “use up” oil in the way that they do gasoline, it does tend to lose its viscosity over time, which reduces its effectiveness as a lubricant. For this reason, it is very important to replace the oil at regular intervals.

Different Cars Require Different Amounts of Oil

Most people understand that they have to change their car’s oil periodically to keep it operating at top performance. Most people, however, have no idea how much oil their engine needs. No matter what model you drive, all vehicles have a set oil intake. The exact amount varies greatly based on what brand and model you drive. If you choose to change your car’s oil yourself, then you will have to find out the exact amount your car needs.

How to Know How Much Oil to Use

There are several ways you can determine how much oil your car needs. The best and surest way is to check the vehicle’s owner’s manual. Most manuals list the oil capacity under the title “Lubrication System” in the “Vehicle Specifications” section.

If you don’t have the owner’s manual, you can also look online at the manufacturer’s website. Most sites will have a page or section specifically for car owners, and you should be able to find the proper oil amount for your exact model. If all else fails, you can do a search online for how much oil your vehicle’s make and model takes. There are several third party websites that list the oil and fluid capacities of many different makes and models of cars and trucks.

Have Your Oil Changed at HEART

If you don’t have the time, knowledge, or inclination to change your own oil, don’t worry! You can bring your vehicle into one of HEART’s three Chicago area locations, HEART Evanston, HEART Wilmette, or HEART Northbrook. We know exactly how much oil your specific make and model of car needs, complete 98% of service same day, and offer complimentary shuttle rides and loaner vehicles.

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