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Re: Engine oil level above the MAX

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Have you tried that on the diesel? In my MY14 if I do that the oil gets dragged up the tube on the first pull out, then after wiping the stick and putting back in the tube, the oil that was pulled up the tube gets picked up and gathers around the thick part of the stick and then drips down onto the markings. It looks like the level is 2 inches over MAX.

But do the other method that prevents oil being pulled up the tube and I get an accurate reading.

Unless there is something different about the dipstick on the US diesel compared to the export.
This is exactly what happens to me every time. One shot at checking the oil every 15-20 minutes and you HAVE to put a clean dipstick in first.

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Re: Engine oil level above the MAX

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This is exactly what happens to me every time. One shot at checking the oil every 15-20 minutes and you HAVE to put a clean dipstick in first.
Right, so maybe another method is pull out the dipstick, wipe it and leave it on the bench for ~30 mins (to give the oil dragged up the tube time to settle back to the bottom). Then stick the dipstick in gently, pull out and read it.
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Re: Engine oil level above the MAX

Y'all are making this so unnecessarily complicated.........

Just leave it overnight, slowly remove the dipstick, clean it, reinsert it and remove again. THAT will give you a proper reading. EVERY TIME!

FYI - 7k miles on current oil change and my level is about 1/8'' under the MAX mark . No oil added......
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Re: Engine oil level above the MAX

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Just leave it overnight, slowly remove the dipstick, clean it, reinsert it and remove again. THAT will give you a proper reading. EVERY TIME!
I don't think that will be accurate since you are reading the level on a cold engine. Oil should be *hot* but car should be sitting for a little while to let the oil drain down to the crank case. Don't know how much of a difference it will make but on some cars it it a big discrepancy.
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Re: Engine oil level above the MAX

So I just looked in the manual, and I have to disagree with...myself. According to the Diesel Supplement:

"To assure proper lubrication of your vehicle’s engine, the
engine oil must be maintained at the correct level. Check
the oil level at regular intervals. The best time to check
the oil level is before starting the engine after it has been
parked overnight.
When checking oil after operating the
engine, first ensure the engine is at full operating temperature,
then wait for five minutes after engine shutdown
to check the oil."

So not much difference for hot vs. cold oil.
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Re: Engine oil level above the MAX

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Y'all are making this so unnecessarily complicated.........

Just leave it overnight, slowly remove the dipstick, clean it, reinsert it and remove again. THAT will give you a proper reading. EVERY TIME!

FYI - 7k miles on current oil change and my level is about 1/8'' under the MAX mark . No oil added......
Sure, this is how I did it to start with, but it gave me false measurements everytime. Way over max. I was going to take it back to the dealer and get them to drain it until I worked out the oil was gathering around the thick part of the stick as I inserted it and dripping down onto the marks.

Maybe you have a different style of dipstick to mine. Here's a pic, where it joins it gathers oil from the side of the pipe as I reinsert.
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Re: Engine oil level above the MAX

Benn0: Can you explain the "other method" please.
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Re: Engine oil level above the MAX

PhilBytx: That is what I'm use to doing with my other vehicles. Do you know what the "other method" they are describing here?
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Re: Engine oil level above the MAX

My dipstick is exactly the same as yours. Note that you WILL get smears on the upper thicker part but the level on the flat blade will be your true level.

I check mine every week, using the method I outlined and experienced no issues at all. HOWEVER, one caveat here on any high levels showing on your dipstick. When changing oil, you MUST allow the oil to drain for at least 30 minutes, also ensuring that the oil in the oil filter housing has also fully drained out. I do my own oil changes so I am definitely NOT on the clock and can wait until all the oil has drained out.

There are folks on here that discovered higher levels showing on their dipsticks and it is usually due to whomever did the job not fully draining the oil oil from the crankcase.
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Re: Engine oil level above the MAX

Philbytx: Just went out in the garage and checked the oil after it has been sitting a couple of days. Used your standard method, worked fine.
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Re: Engine oil level above the MAX

Here's what someone previously posted:
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Right, so maybe another method is pull out the dipstick, wipe it and leave it on the bench for ~30 mins (to give the oil dragged up the tube time to settle back to the bottom). Then stick the dipstick in gently, pull out and read it.
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The "tried and true" method as I posted, works every time......
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Re: Engine oil level above the MAX

I to have problems with readings, and leaving it lay for 30 is usually the best plan... Also on my dipstick is says stamped on the stick to check with oil at 100 deg F,so that doesn't mean leting it sit overnight especially in a cold climate.
Mine usually checks right on to down 1/8 after 5000 miles......
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