A lighted oil indicator can signal a serious engine condition

Appropriate oil levels keep your engine lubricated, making its parts move faster and at a high temperature.
Appropriate oil levels keep your engine lubricated, making its parts move faster and at a high temperature. | File photo

As a driver it is important to pay attention to your check oil light – the one that looks like an oil canister. 

If you see it light up, it means that your oil is either low or has run out. If that is the case, your engine could overheat or fail. Besides the danger of your car suddenly stopping, the damage from engine failure is also often irreparable.

Generally, your oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles. This is because some of it is burned with your fuel or leaks through the oil pan. It also gets dirty and loses its effectiveness. Appropriate oil levels keep your engine lubricated, making its parts move faster and at a high temperature.

Contact one of Jones Junction’s service centers to get your oil levels checked. They also offer instructions on their blog on how to check other fluids as part of your monthly car care routine. 

In the process, you can also check the quality of your oil. It should be brown or black. If it is light or white, your coolant is leaking into your engine.

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