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#1 shrapnel

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 07:35 PM

When checking the oil on my 06' Imprezza, the level in the back of the dipstick (just the two dots) is about 7-8mm higher than the front ( where the L and F are). What level should I go by? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 07:56 PM

I go by whatever side is the lowest.. after 5 pulls of the stick if i still have a consistence reading then I add a little bit more oil.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 09:18 PM

And when you stab the engine with the dip stick, let it set for a few seconds rather than pulling it right out. I believe it makes for a more accurate read.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 09:20 PM

yep and make sure it's on level ground but I'm sure you knew that.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 10:21 PM

Thanks. I do both of those things, but the dipstick might be in the pool of oil in the pan at an angle, which seems to be the reason for the offset in the oil level. Very odd. I have checked oil on a lot of vehicles and have never seen this effect. I even owned a 1983 GL wagon.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 11:32 PM

i would think the dots on the back represent the other side as its at an angle into the oil, and correlates with the front, which will be offset on the other side.

The dipstick should fit better one way than the other, older soobs had an arrow pointing out, i would think dipstick orientation would matter for accuracy.

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 02:30 AM

One side is picking up oil clinging to the dipstick tube/channel. The low side will be the actual level.

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 09:40 AM

Seems to make the most logical sense. Going with the low reading!




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