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engine oil level
Posted 08 October 2004 - 09:57 AM
Posted 08 October 2004 - 01:57 PM
Okay, very creative. However, on my 1990 Legacy I replace the oil pan....and could see clearly that the tube did not reach below the level.
Maybe your engine is overfilled??
That's a totally different engine.
So is my '98.
Damn... I'm sorry to all of you with this problem. The tube riding all the way down into the oil is beyond a stupid design flaw.
Posted 09 October 2004 - 07:16 PM
I wonder if things would change for the better if I turn the dipstick around 180 degrees so that the handle's oilcan icon is facing the opposite direction?
Guess I'll just have to give that a try. Haven't been checking it as often as I probably should be because of the annoyance of double and triple dipping to get a decent reading. Well, that and I'm not one to check it more than once a month for any other cars I've had.
Posted 10 October 2004 - 02:32 PM
Leave overnight. Remove dipstick, wipe clean, install all the way back into the pipe, remove and observe level. Make mental note of level to use in future oil level investigations.
Works for me :-)
Posted 10 October 2004 - 11:31 PM
Posted 12 October 2004 - 12:42 PM
On Saturday someone forgot the key to my wife's spa in SF. I ran up there with vigor shall we say, hitting 6,000 RPM on each shift. This is not my normal driving mode. When I got home I checked the oil and it was below the lowest line after sitting for a half hour. I added a half quart and checked it after a couple of hours and it was just below the highest hole.
I did not use the car for the rest of the day and all Monday. I checked the oil again before taking the wife to the airport today and it was way over filled dead cold. I am beginning to think if I run it hard it takes at least a day to drain about a half quart down from the valve covers.
Because the readings are not linear it is harder to really tell where you are.
When I check the oil when it comes back from a dealer oil change it shows slightly overfilled dead cold.
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