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Old 09-06-2000, 11:44 AM
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There's a nagging issue that I need cleared up from you experts out there. Whenever I check my oil cold, I get ambiguous readings on my dipstick (I know, sounds personal). Let me explain: on one side of the dipstick, there's a clear and unquestionable reading about halfway between the high and low marks. However, on the other side of the stick, the oil pattern is roughly in the shape of a "V", with the lower portion of the "V" about 3/8ths of an inch lower than the good reading on the other side. The upper "arms" of the "V" are the same level as the good reading as well. Is my true oil level that of the good solid reading, or is it that of the lower portion of the "V" on the other side? Just curious...

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Old 09-06-2000, 05:55 PM
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Anybody?
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Old 09-06-2000, 06:54 PM
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Well, without getting into a lot of hydrodynamics, whatever the highest level the oil reaches on the dipstick is your approximate level. Try checking it a few times. Between each dip, give the stick a vigorous wipe. If it betwen the min and max, you're OK..

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Old 09-06-2000, 09:17 PM
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I have the same quirk. I check the level several times, always with about a 5 count before removing the dipstick.

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Old 09-06-2000, 09:22 PM
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you can practice on the automatic transmission dipstick.
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Old 09-06-2000, 09:24 PM
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The oil basically keeps running down the dipstick causing the "V" shape, however if you clean the dipstick and stick a dry strip of masking tape (for test only) you will clearly see the level, however as stated before, anywhere between the min and max is OK.


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Old 09-07-2000, 10:52 AM
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Old 09-07-2000, 11:31 AM
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Jason, on my 300, about 1 to 1 1/2 qts spans that distance.

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Old 09-07-2000, 07:45 PM
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May I ask a question.

How many quarts to have to lose before the oil light comes on and what level will be the dipstick?

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Old 09-07-2000, 08:33 PM
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Between 1 and 1 1/2 quarts depending on the car.

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