How to Check the Oil Level of Your Honda


Oil has been called many things, from black gold to lube to liquid coal. At the end of the day though, whatever you call it, engine oil is a crucial part of any modern internal combustion engine. Diesel and gas engines use it to lubricate crucial internal engine parts. It’s essential to know if and when your car is running low on oil. It’s with that in mind that we present the following guide on how to check the oil level of your Honda! Read on or contact us to learn more!



Here’s How to Check the Oil Level in Your Honda

Many newer Honda vehicles you’ll find cruising Ellensburg and Wenatchee roads make use of an electronic oil monitoring system that gives you an easy digital reading of how much oil is left in your vehicle or what your “oil life percentage” is. But for older vehicles that still have a traditional dipstick, here’s how to check car oil, or more specifically, the oil level:

  1. Park on level ground. Make sure you let your car sit long enough so that the engine is cold.
  2. Open the car’s front hood and locate the oil dipstick.
  3. Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe it clean with a paper towel or cloth.
  4. Put the dipstick all the way back into its receptacle, then pull it out one more time and examine it to get a reading of the oil level. How do you do that? Good question! Usually, the top of the oil streak should fall between two marks or within a cross-hatched area. If it does, then the oil level is sufficient. If it isn’t, you’ll need to add more oil.

Are you planning to add fresh oil yourself in Yakima to top off your oil level? This process requires buying the particular grade of oil recommended in the owner’s manual, removing the oil filler cap, and then adding oil a little bit at a time until the dipstick or digital oil gauge indicates that you’ve reached the right level.

Why Check Your Car’s Oil Level?

Engine oil, or motor oil as it’s sometimes called, is an essential component of any car’s motor and overall drivetrain. And while it’s recommended that you get your oil changed at least twice a year, or once every six months if you don’t drive much, or around every 5,000-7,500 miles, Sunnyside drivers sometimes forget about the importance of regularly checking car oil levels as well. 

How often should you check car oil levels? You should check your oil level roughly once a month. Now that you know the procedure for how to check the oil level in a car listed above and how often you should do it, we encourage you to get under the hood to ensure your car’s optimal health ASAP! Not looking to put in all that work? Schedule service now with Harvest Honda Yakima!

How to Reset the Oil Change Light

Different vehicles involve different oil change light resetting processes. That said, on the whole, the process is relatively similar across different makes and models. It is, however, important to note that you only want to reset the oil change light if you’ve actually changed your oil first.

How to Reset Oil Change Light: Step-by-Step:

  • Turn all systems of your car off, but leave the engine running.
  • Find the “reset” button or stick on the dashboard (typically found near the speedometer and fuel gauge).
  • Hold the button down until the oil change light begins to flash (sign of resetting may differ per vehicle).
  • Turn the ignition off, wait a few seconds, then turn your car back on.

After following the above steps, your oil light should be reset. But, if you’d prefer to let the pros at our service center take care of all your motor oil related concerns and maintenance tasks, we’re here to help! We can check your oil level or change your oil quickly, cost-effectively, and conveniently!

The Harvest Honda Yakima Service Center Can Help You Keep Your Car in Tip Top Shape!

Whether it’s an oil change or oil level check that you require or other Honda factory-recommended maintenance or service, the Harvest Honda Yakima service team is here to help you with all your automotive maintenance & repair needs in Yakima! Give us a call today to schedule service, and don’t forget to check out our service specials while you’re at it!


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