You're probably right about the drain-down, but the oil itself expands when it gets hot, and with 10 quarts, the amount it expands is considerable - enough to read higher on the dipstick. Here's a trick to reading the dipstick, gently roll the dipstick against a dark paper towel or news print and leave the dipstick on the paper. If the engine oil level is below the min mark, you need to add engine oil. Why is the oil on my dipstick completely clear? This is not my first oil … With the hood safely propped, pull the dipstick out and wipe the end clean with a towel or rag. Ok ok. Feel like a big dumb animal. I have tried holding the dipstick firmly, not allowing it to swivel while going down the tube. If this is a dx or lx the proper amount for it is 3.2 qts w/o filter and 3.4 qts w/filter. It looks like honey. Re-insert the dipstick into the engine, making sure it goes all the way in. No worry. With the engine hot, park on level ground and shut off the engine. Oil level difficult to read on dipstick. It is very hard to see the top of the oil level line against the orange, but that is on purpose because it's not important. Otherwise the dipstick will read slightly low. Sit tight for five easy lessons on reading your oil dipstick. My 2012 5.3L would read overfilled with a cold, overnight oil level check after an oil and filter change with the recommended 6 quarts. This works great when you've just changed your engine oil and it's too clean to read. It may have the wrong dipstick in it as well if this is a used vehicle. (Use only engine oil … 1 - Retrieving the Dipstick. Now, according to my manual for my 2003 f150, if the oil level is anywhere between the min and max indicators on the dipstick DO NOT ADD OIL. Something must be wrong, but what? I find it really difficult to read the oil level from the dipstick due to it being small and black. The level needs to be between the min and max mark we saw earlier. Take the reading off the damp dark spot on the paper. Is this a problem or will the cause a problem? I drove 2,000 miles after an oil change, so I checked the oil. You should also check the levels using the oil dipstick – if you’re oil is clean but only reaches the “Add” part of the dipstick, you’ll need to add more oil. Also get something similar to sand paper, like that red coars pads and clean dipstick. s-line stu Oct 11, 2009. s-line stu Registered User. Now pull it out, but don't turn it upside down to look at it, this makes the oil run upward and ruins your reading. An engine block heater is an electrical device designed to warm a part of the engine and/or the motor oil when the vehicle is not in use. Didn’t know about the other engine oil hole you’re supposed to use. By checking the oil level, you can catch if it's getting low and top it up. 2. Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, and insert it again. Checking your oil on a regular basis keeps your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. In addition to checking the oil level, you also want to look at the condition of the oil when you have the dipstick out. I'm guessing that the engine with filter is probably right with 4.8 quarts in it, although my change used probably 4.66 quarts...because there is always *some* oil left in the engine's nooks and crannies. I saw a post talking about roughing up the measurement area with emery cloth or a green pot scrubbing pad. I just got it in the mail today ...and i was SHOCKED to see such a small package... it made me really curious. On the opposing side, however, it was quite clean and I was able to clearly see a horizontal line indicating the level was midway between the ticks marks. As a result, the friction increases and the engine wears faster. 1) Loosen oil-fill cap 2) Pull dipstick and pruposfully allow oil from the tip to wipe on the top-inside of dipstick-tube (this lubricates the O-ring when you re-insert the dipstick) 3) Wipe dipstick and reinstall taking care to seat the O-ring SLOWLY 4) wait at least 10 seconds 5) SLOWLY pull dipstick out and read it. oil dipstick difficult to read Home › Forums › Stay Dirty Lounge › Service and Repair Questions Answered Here › oil dipstick difficult to read This topic contains 1 reply, has 2 voices, and was last updated by Its me 5 years, 3 months ago . And when checking the oil I pull the dipstick out, wipe it clean, and wait about 10 minutes to reinsert the dipstick and check the oil level. Insert the dipstick into the same tube that you removed it from to check the engine oil level on your ACURA. When it's lower on the dipstick, the warmer it is, the higher it reads. Make sure the vehicle is on level ground. When you check your oil, if it is dirty or smells of gasoline, it’s time for your oil to be changed. I read about leaving the dipstick out for several minutes somewhere else in this forum a few months back. So I took my dremel with a sanding tip and roughed up the tip of the dipstick up to the full line. It's VERY clear if the oil is covering the hole in the dipstick or not. And should I drive the car? As you drive, some amount of oil is consumed and the oil level drops. I haven't noticed the dipstick being particularly hard to read. read after drying but so is any dipstick. Hard to Read Oil Dipstick. Wait a couple minutes for the oil to return to the oil pan. Always wipe it clean before reinserting too otherwise the tube will become oiled and then you'll never get a good reading. Also, the oil level might show overfilled on the dipstick immediately after an oil change because all the oil put into the car in now in the crankcase, which is the place the dipstick measures. You need to turn the dipstick around to find the level as the outside seems to get smeared on the way up but it is there. Pull it out and check the oil level. My car is also reporting P0171 and P0174 errors and I’ve read … Did my first oil change on the 2.0 last weekend and was having a real hard time getting a correct oil reading level from the dipstick, anyone else having the same issue? Engine Oil Level Gauge Check the engine oil level at each fuel stop. I never go by the amount of oil I put in, the best assurance that you have a proper amount of oil is by the dipstick, eventhough it can be frustrating to read. You should see a clear level line. It actually says this in caps. I usually check my oil level when in my garage, I have to take a torch out of the glovebox to give additional light on the yellow peril. Oil runs up the side of the stick. The theory here is that the oil is adhering to the stick. The amount of oil that will drip from the engine after that is quite noticeable, but will not make a significant difference on the dipstick. Here you would just pull the dipstick out and read without the wiping step. It's inside the hole. Just changed the oil at 2500 miles and lubed chassis. It would burn the overfill oil off so started doing 5.7 quarts when doing an oil and filter change. I went ahead and ordered Craven Speeds new dipstick to facilitate this. If it is below the lower level, add oil to bring the level up to the upper level. read the owners manual: CHECKING THE ENGINE OIL See the scheduled maintenance information for the appropriate intervals for checking the engine oil. 2006 C280 4Matic. After adding 5.5 qts oil I dipped to see where it was. Turn the engine off and wait 15 minutes for the oil to drain into the oil pan. The only problem is that the dipstick is hard to read and it often takes several tries to get the viewing angle right so that I can read the level. Its very difficult to read the oil level on the dipstick. I will do my own oil change ,go with 11 to start, new filter and see where its at on the dipstick. Remove the dipstick again. anywhere within the "SAFE" zone will do fine. After sitting all night (after having been driven 70 miles the prior evening), I removed the dipstick and saw the oil was broadly smeared and impossible to read -- on one side. How to check the oil level in your engine and read the dipstick To last longer, your engine must always have the proper level of oil. I will let it sit over night to drain, to get a good feel on where I … It's design solution for a problem that doesn't exist. I agree it is getting it from the tube. The cross section of the pan where the dipstick goes is … Lets hope the turbo-pug engine goes for a conventional design. Oil expands with temperature, so it would read higher with hot engine. Doing this it now reads full on a cold check and stopped burning oil. There are some basic similarities in cars when it comes to checking oil, but slight variations in dipstick appearance can throw one off. One side oil was half way up stick other side was showing 1/4 inch over full. It says that anywhere between those indicator marks are an acceptable level of oil in the engine, and to only add oil if its below the min mark. Fresh oil has a color similar to honey. The dipstick will have two marks at the bottom. because of oil's tendency to "stick" to internal engine parts, observed level will fluctuate depending on oil temperature, oil viscosity and oil condition. my wife is several hours away and getting the message "stop at next gas station, check oil" Mechanic's Assistant: Sometimes things that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix with a Mercedes. Same thing as stated before. Tried multiple times different readings every time. This happens even if the car has not been started for a day or two. I did this, it helped a bit. 2. Oil reduces the friction in your engine and keeps it running smoothly. Follow instructions as described in the next step. Otherwise, you could check the oil level after the engine has been off overnight. BTW. Sounds strange to me. I guess it's some sort of design flaw. Result: When extracted from the tube, there is oil smeared all the way up the dipstick. If the oil is below the lower dot, your close to starving the sump. obviously you don't check it while the engine is running, and give it a few minutes to settle after you turn it off. As for the level I don't find it too hard to read. Oil seems to stick on it now a little thicker making it easier to read. Lesson No. the level observed on the dipstick does not need to be at the very top of the "SAFE" zone in order for it to properly protect moving engine parts. If the oil in your Equinox is dirty or smells like gasoline, you probably need an oil … 1. Checking the oil on my 2012 5.3 is driving me nuts. 182 0 16. 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