What is How To Be a Car Genius?

Many of us can admit that when it comes to automotive jargon, we aren’t exactly fluent. Somewhere between ball joints and boxer engines something gets lost in translation. How To Be a Car Genius is your personal translator when it comes to the automotive language.


No matter your level of experience, How To Be a Car Genius is for everyone looking to learn a little more about their vehicle. Whether you are shopping for your first car or you can change a tire faster than the Michelin man himself, this guide is for you.

Buckle up and enjoy the ride as we tackle our first How To Be a Car Genius topic, The Magic Genie Lamp.

Have you ever hopped in your car, started the ignition, looked at your dash and noticed a light that resembles a magic genie lamp? No, Aladdin’s genie is not about to appear and grant you three wishes. This light is actually called the oil pressure gauge and it means you are low on oil.

Driving when you are low on oil is a quick way to burn up your engine. However, there is no need to panic. If this light appears when you are on the road, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. If the light shows up when you first start your car, turn your vehicle off and follow these few simple steps.

1 First, you need to locate your vehicle’s oil reservoir. Open your hood and look for the oil cap. The cap will probably have the same symbol as your dash light and might even be labeled “oil.”

2 Next you need to unscrew the cap and check the oil level. To do this, see where the oil level hits on the dipstick. If the oil reaches the highest tick mark, your oil levels are fine and you have time to schedule a service appointment to find out what else could be signaling the oil pressure light.

If the oil level hits near the lowest tick mark on the dipstick, you can choose one of two options. You can easily drive to your nearest auto store, buy oil and top your vehicle’s oil off yourself. You will know you have poured enough oil when it reached the highest tick mark on the dipstick. Or, if you aren’t feeling the DIY route, you can give the team at White Bear Subaru a call at 877-750-7122 and let our trained technicians handle the job.

3 IMPORTANT: If there is barely any oil visible on the dipstick, your engine is in serious need of oil. Don’t run the risk of burning up your engine by continuing to drive. Instead call in a favor and have a friend bring you some engine oil. When the oil arrives, fill up your vehicle and you are ready for the road again.

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