How Do I Check My Car’s Engine Oil?

Your engine’s lifeblood is its oil. You should always make sure your vehicle has enough oil to protect all the engine’s internal moving parts, whether you’re sticking to the streets of West Hollywood or heading far from Los Angeles and North Hollywood.

Steps to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

Newer vehicles have electronic oil monitors that don’t use traditional dipsticks, but older models may not. Regardless, always start a vehicle inspection by consulting your owner’s manual for recommendations on your specific Toyota model. Explore our Toyota Camry oil change guide for more information.

To manually check your oil, follow these steps:

  1. Park the vehicle on level ground
  2. Make sure the engine is turned off and cool
  3. Open the car’s hood and locate the dipstick
  4. Pull out the dipstick and wipe oil from the end of it
  5. Put the dipstick all the way back into the tube
  6. Pull it out again, and inspect both sides of it see where the level is

Your dipstick might be different from others, but it will have some way of indicating where the proper oil level if. If you see that the top of your oil streak is between two marks or within a crosshatched area, the level is good. If it isn’t there, you’ll probably need to add more oil.

Again, check your owner’s manual to see what oil grade the manufacturer recommends. Then, remove the oil filler cap, and add oil a little at a time until the dipstick indicates you’ve reached the proper level.


Car Maintenance and Oil Change Coupons

Toyota Care Plus

Includes 30,000 Miles Major Service
See your service advisor for details.

Complimentary Multi-Point Inspection

We inspect the following parts and functions of your Toyota

All belts, hoses, and fuses
Headlights, brake lights and turn signals
Check all fluid levels
Tire wear & pressure
Suspension, air filter and wiper blade

For Toyotas only. Present coupon at time of write-up. Some limits may apply. Expires 5/1/19

EXPIRES: 05/01/2019
Complimentary Brake Inspection
  • Inspect brake lines, cylinders/calipers
  • Inspect brake pads and shoes for wear
  • Report of brake system condition or estimate of repair cost

For Toyotas only. Present coupon at time of write-up. Limit one coupon per visit. Expires 5/1/19

EXPIRES: 05/01/2019
Spend & Save Bonus
  • Spend $100 - $199 & save $10
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  • Spend $900 or more & save $100

For Toyotas only. Present coupon at time of write-up. Valid on mechanical work only. Not valid on tires, brakes, or maintenance. Expires 5/1/19

EXPIRES: 05/01/2019
Buy 3 Tires Get the Fourth for $1
  • Installation by Toyota Certified Technicians
  • The proper size and fit for your Toyota

Restrictions apply. See participating Toyota dealer for details. Offer valid on select brands. OEM, OEA, and WIN replacement tires only. Tires must be dealer-installed. Three tires at regular price, forth tire for one dollar. Fourth tire must be of equal or lesser value. Excludes mounting and balancing, sales tax, shop supplies, tire disposal and other applicable taxes. Excludes previous purchases. Toyota and Scion vehicles only. Offer only available at participating Toyota dealers. Offer Begins 3/29/2019. Offer expires 4/30/19

EXPIRES: 04/30/2019
Oil Change Starting at $69.95

Conventional oil change using high-grade Genuine Toyota Motor Oil

See Dealer for Details

Synthetic Oil Change Starting at $89.95

Oil change using Toyota’s superior Synthetic Motor Oil

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Vehicle Exchange Program

Drive a new vehicle for the same or similar payment as your current vehicle. See service consultant for details. Toyotas only.
Plus tax. Please present coupon when order is written. Not valid with any other coupon, offer or advertised special. Valid only at Toyota of Hollywood. Toyotas only.

$25 Prepaid Card
$25 Prepaid Card with Brake Pads Purchase & Installation

Restrictions apply. See participating dealer's for details. Offer ends 4/30/2019.

EXPIRES: 04/30/2019
$45 Minor Scheduled Maintenance
  • Rotate tires
  • Check cabin air filter
  • Check engine air filter
  • Check all fluid levels
  • Multi-point vehicle inspection

For Toyotas only. Present coupon at time of write-up. Lube, oil, and filter service extra. Expires 5/1/19

EXPIRES: 05/01/2019
$79.95 Brake Inspection Special

Discount on any recommended brake maintenance

  • Inspect brake lines, cylinders/calipers
  • Clean and adjust rear brakes (if applicable)
  • Top off brake fluid

Extra charge (if required): Metallic pads, repacking front bearings and replacing seals
If brakes need repair, available at additional cost. Toyotas only. Present coupon at time of write-up. Limit one coupon per visit

$159.95 Alignment Service Special
  • Recommended every 15,000 miles or 12 months
  • Set front wheel caster and camber toe-in on most applicable vehicles
  • Set all specification to achieve proper thrust angle
  • Inspect steering linage & shocks
  • Adjust tire pressure

For Toyota only. Present coupon at time of write-up. Limit on coupon per visit. Expires 5/1/19

EXPIRES: 05/01/2019
$215.95 Intermediate Scheduled Maintenance Service
  • Replace Engine Oil & Filter up to 5 quarts (Synthetic Oil may be higher)
  • Replace Cabin Air Filter
  • Check all fluid levels
  • Rotate tires
  • Multi-point Vehicle Inspection

For Toyota only. Present coupon at time of write-up. Synthetic, V6, and V8 extra

$329.00 Brake Service With Pad Replacement
  • Install metallic pads, repacking front bearing and replacing seals
  • Resurfacing rotors
  • Inspect brake lines, cylinders/calipers
  • Clean and adjust rear brakes (if applicable)
  • Top off brake fluid

Valid only at Toyota of Hollywood. Toyota & Scion makes only. May not combine with any other offer(s). Please present coupon when service order is written. Certain restrictions apply. Expires 5/1/19

EXPIRES: 05/01/2019

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