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Symptoms of Low Engine Oil

Your engine oil has a very important job. It works to keep the engine lubricated and working while it does its own job of getting your car to move. However, when your engine oil gets low, this can mean trouble for your engine. Luckily, there’s several different ways drivers in the East Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket areas can diagnose low engine oil levels.

Engine Oil Light

The lights on your vehicle’s dashboard are very helpful for diagnosing issues in your vehicle, as well as informing you that different systems in your vehicle are active. As for when your engine oil light comes on, it means that there is a problem. A lot of the time, this light is letting you know that your engine oil is low and either needs to be changed or topped off. However, it can also mean other issues are in play, so it should be checked by a professional to be sure.

Knocking Sounds

Your vehicle makes many different noises that indicate it’s on and functionally properly. However, loud knocking or grinding noises coming from under the hood aren’t normal. These noises could be coming from your engine’s inner parts rubbing against one another, without enough oil. By doing so, it creates dangerous friction. To prevent damage to your engine rods or other parts of your engine, have your vehicle inspected right away.

Smell of Burnt Oil

If, at any point, you’re in your vehicle and can smell burnt oil or the mixture of burnt oil and exhaust smoke, your engine could be dangerously low on oil. There could also be a more pressing issue unfolding in your engine. Regardless, if you encounter this symptom, it’s important that you get your vehicle checked out ASAP.

Check Your Engine Oil Level

Regularly checking your oil can prevent these symptoms. Luckily, it only takes a couple of minutes to do so, and it can be done by following these few easy steps:

  1. After your car has had time to cool down, get under the hood and locate your vehicle’s oil dipstick.
  2. Pull the dipstick out of the oil pipe and wipe it clean with a paper towel or a cloth.
  3. Find the minimum and maximum lines, represented by “min” and “max” on the dipstick.
  4. Put the dipstick back into the pipe until its back in its original place.
  5. Remove it again and assess where the oil line falls between the “min” and the “max” lines.

The oil line should be closer to the maximum line than the minimum line. If your oil line is close to the minimum line, you need to add new oil or have a professional take a look. Learn more about our oil change services and why drivers like you can trust Stateline Nissan for quick and reliable automotive repair with our oil change near me info page.

Get Your Oil Checked Today!

Drivers near Providence, RI, can count on our expert service technicians at Stateline Nissan to have your back when your oil levels are low. If you think something may be off in your engine or you’re experiencing one of the symptoms mentioned in this guide, give us a call to set up a service appointment!