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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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2016 Mazda 6 Touring...gone but not forgotten.
Hopefully, some new owner is driving the wheels off her right now! They got a good one.