Checking the oil on my 2012 5.3 is driving me nuts. The dipstick will have two marks at the bottom. 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. No worry. I agree it is getting it from the tube. (Use only engine oil … Insert the dipstick into the same tube that you removed it from to check the engine oil level on your ACURA. Sounds strange to me. By checking the oil level, you can catch if it's getting low and top it up. read after drying but so is any dipstick. Take the reading off the damp dark spot on the paper. I will let it sit over night to drain, to get a good feel on where I … Checking your oil on a regular basis keeps your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. And should I drive the car? If the engine oil level is below the min mark, you need to add engine oil. If the oil in your Equinox is dirty or smells like gasoline, you probably need an oil … 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. 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 . It's VERY clear if the oil is covering the hole in the dipstick or not. As you drive, some amount of oil is consumed and the oil level drops. Why is the oil on my dipstick completely clear? 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. I drove 2,000 miles after an oil change, so I checked the oil. And the oil dipstick is reading just about right when I let the Foz sit for a while, pull the stick, wipe it, reinsert, and reread. Wait a couple minutes for the oil to return to the oil pan. Oil reduces the friction in your engine and keeps it running smoothly. If it is below the lower level, add oil to bring the level up to the upper level. I find it really difficult to read the oil level from the dipstick due to it being small and black. I read about leaving the dipstick out for several minutes somewhere else in this forum a few months back. 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. 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. The level needs to be between the min and max mark we saw earlier. As for the level I don't find it too hard to read. Just changed the oil at 2500 miles and lubed chassis. Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, and insert it again. 1 - Retrieving the Dipstick. 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. In addition to checking the oil level, you also want to look at the condition of the oil when you have the dipstick out. This is not my first oil … Also get something similar to sand paper, like that red coars pads and clean dipstick. I will do my own oil change ,go with 11 to start, new filter and see where its at on the dipstick. s-line stu Oct 11, 2009. s-line stu Registered User. It would burn the overfill oil off so started doing 5.7 quarts when doing an oil and filter change. 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. Make sure your engine is cold when you check the oil in your Equinox. 1. Lesson No. Tried multiple times different readings every time. read the owners manual: CHECKING THE ENGINE OIL See the scheduled maintenance information for the appropriate intervals for checking the engine oil. 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? Sit tight for five easy lessons on reading your oil dipstick. Dipstick, Hard to Read. Make sure the vehicle is on level ground. Is this a problem or will the cause a problem? 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. Something must be wrong, but what? Same result: When extracted from the tube, there is oil smeared all the way up the dipstick. The Toyota Corolla uses circles on its dipstick to help owners check their oil … 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. I went ahead and ordered Craven Speeds new dipstick to facilitate this. 2006 C280 4Matic. 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. obviously you don't check it while the engine is running, and give it a few minutes to settle after you turn it off. Always wipe it clean before reinserting too otherwise the tube will become oiled and then you'll never get a good reading. 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. With the hood safely propped, pull the dipstick out and wipe the end clean with a towel or rag. I guess it's some sort of design flaw. The dipstick on 2.0 is different than that of 3.6. I haven't noticed the dipstick being particularly hard to read. There are some basic similarities in cars when it comes to checking oil, but slight variations in dipstick appearance can throw one off. 182 0 16. My car is also reporting P0171 and P0174 errors and I’ve read … It may have the wrong dipstick in it as well if this is a used vehicle. Follow instructions as described in the next step. As a result, the friction increases and the engine wears faster. 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. Pull it out and check the oil level. Doing this it now reads full on a cold check and stopped burning oil. It's inside the hole. Oil expands with temperature, so it would read higher with hot engine. 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. Didn’t know about the other engine oil hole you’re supposed to use. 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. After adding 5.5 qts oil I dipped to see where it was. Engine Oil Level Gauge Check the engine oil level at each fuel stop. You should see a clear level line. BTW. With the engine hot, park on level ground and shut off the engine. 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's design solution for a problem that doesn't exist. When it's lower on the dipstick, the warmer it is, the higher it reads. Turn the engine off and wait 15 minutes for the oil to drain into the oil pan. I just got it in the mail today ...and i was SHOCKED to see such a small package... it made me really curious. Otherwise the dipstick will read slightly low. 2. It actually says this in caps. It looks like honey. 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. 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. Oil level difficult to read on dipstick. Its very difficult to read the oil level on the dipstick. Hard to Read 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. I my oil was getting low so I refilled it by pouring a half-quart of oil into the dipstick chamber. 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. Also read reports the dipsticks don't always read the same , you would thing they are all in the same place on the motor ,and same dipsticks. The cross section of the pan where the dipstick goes is … Otherwise, you could check the oil level after the engine has been off overnight. If the oil is below the lower dot, your close to starving the sump. because of oil's tendency to "stick" to internal engine parts, observed level will fluctuate depending on oil temperature, oil viscosity and oil condition. It seems like most of us will agree...the stock dipstick is really hard to read... And with our CooperS burning oil like they do...we need to be on top of it. So I took my dremel with a sanding tip and roughed up the tip of the dipstick up to the full line. 2. Here you would just pull the dipstick out and read without the wiping step. 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. Fresh oil has a color similar to honey. Ok ok. Feel like a big dumb animal. One side oil was half way up stick other side was showing 1/4 inch over full. Re-insert the dipstick into the engine, making sure it goes all the way in. Remove the dipstick again. When you check your oil, if it is dirty or smells of gasoline, it’s time for your oil to be changed. This happens even if the car has not been started for a day or two. This works great when you've just changed your engine oil and it's too clean to read. Oil runs up the side of the stick. Oil seems to stick on it now a little thicker making it easier to read. 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. 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. Same thing as stated before. The theory here is that the oil is adhering to the stick. Lets hope the turbo-pug engine goes for a conventional design. I did this, it helped a bit. Result: When extracted from the tube, there is oil smeared all the way up the dipstick. I have tried holding the dipstick firmly, not allowing it to swivel while going down the tube. 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. 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