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Oil check

So I feel dumb for asking this but do you guys get different reading on the your oil dip stick? One side shows oil is low but between the two holes, the other side will show oil much higher. 0_o

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There was a thread about this a few years ago - the dip sticks aren't the best in the world and I'll agree that mine doesn't always show the level appropriately. Regardless, however, I've mad it a habit for all cars to check it twice to be certain.

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Best is to check it hot, after the engine has been allowed to sit for five minutes, so all the oil has a chance to drain down into the sump. Also, make sure it’s on level ground. It helps to check it in the same location (ie in your garage) for consistency.

Pull the stick, wipe it clean, re-insert it, and then check.

I know what you mean about one side seeming to have more oil on it than the other. A lot of cars are like this. I’m not sure why. But, it should be pretty evident which side is showing you the actual depth of oil in the sump. If you check the level fairly frequently - every few weeks or 1000 miles, and you’re not seeing clouds of blue smoke or a puddle of oil on the ground - it shouldn’t vary too much from one time to another.


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I find that i can only check the oil accurately (i.e. see a distinct oil level line) when the car is cold. Never had a car with such a hard to read dipstick. NP though... just compensate a 'wee bit... allowing for thermal expansion when at op temp vs. cold. Having said all of this... I am thankful the car actually HAS a dipstick lol. Thinking here of BMW's.

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Yeah, I just thought it was odd the dip stick is so tricky. I know these cars go through some oil but thought it would last a bit longer. Do most add oil or just change when low?

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Yeah, I just thought it was odd the dip stick is so tricky. I know these cars go through some oil but thought it would last a bit longer. Do most add oil or just change when low?
I thought most folks were not using any oil?

I go through about a quart every 5000 miles - which is within specs. I add oil to keep it between 3/4 and full. I also run a 5000 mile OCI.


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[QUOTE=jcme0557;4938865]I thought most folks were not using any oil?

I go through about a quart every 5000 miles - which is within specs. I add oil to keep it between 3/4 and full. I also run a 5000 mile OCI.[/QUOTE

My 2016 Sport MT, uses very little (0-20W Mazda oil). The oil change interval is around 7500 miles (+1000 miles sometimes) and it is about the 1/2--2/3 mark on the dipstisck. I always measure it after the car is parked in the garage.
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I run 7500 miles and have yet to need to add any during an OCI; the "fill" puts me in the upper half of the stick's "ok" range, and while it drops a bit during the 7,500 miles it's typically still around halfway between the marks or a bit below that by the time I change it.

I have also run multiple UOAs since buying the car and have yet to have any measurable amount of fuel dilution show up.
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My issue is the handbook says to replace old oil with 4.5 l of new oil when filter is also fitted (on a 2013 2.5 l. skyactive petrol). However the mechanics keep overfilling it with up to 5.5 litres. They argue the recommended filling is not enough. Who is right?
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If, on an engine that hasn't been run for 20 minutes or more (it has all drained back) the car is level, and the oil is between "add" and "full" marks on the stick then it's fine.

Many engines consume meaningfully more oil (due to windage, mostly) if near (or especially over) the full mark; as such aiming for "full" often is actually counter-productive.
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