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2008 5.7 Hemi dip stick markings

I just looked at the dip stick on my "new to me" Jeep GC Hemi 5.7
It has two sets of double holes in it. The oil level is about 1/2" above the top set of holes. Is this normal? There are no marks saying 1/2 full or full or anything but the two sets of double holes.

Exactly where is the Full mark? If the two double holes on top are the full mark, is there an extra qt. in my engine?

Oil is 3500 miles old and like new. Engine has 86K on it.

Engine had not been run in a week and was level when I checked it.

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Re: 2008 5.7 Hemi dip stick markings

The top hole would be the full mark, the bottom hole would be the min safe mark. Run the engine for 10 minutes or so, shut it off, let it sit for 10 minutes or so and then recheck the oil. If you don't run the engine for an extended period, the oil will settle to the bottom and the dipstick will read an inaccurate level.
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Re: 2008 5.7 Hemi dip stick markings

I didn't know the '08 dipstick had the two sets of holes like you describe...are you sure you aren't looking at the tranny dipstick (just kidding!)

I would agree with the last post, for the most part.

If it has been running give it a few minutes for the oil to drain back down. If it has been sitting for over 20minutes, just check the level. It seems rather counter-productive to start it, wait 10 minutes for the oil to circulate, and then shut it off and wait another 10 minutes for the oil to pool right back down where it as before you started it...

I have an '05 with the hash marks on the dipstick, but I would think if you are between the top two holes you are at the full level and between the bottom 2 holes is likely the "Add 1 Quart" level. In between is the "normal operating range".

Check it first thing in the morning, and see if it is still above the top two holes...if it is, you are likely a little bit over. Chances are it won't hurt anything, but I would drain and refill to the proper level, just to be safe.
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Re: 2008 5.7 Hemi dip stick markings

Thanks, The oil level is about 1/2" ABOVE the top set of holes. The oil is very clean and when you run the engine and check it right after you shut it down there is not foam at all.

I have read that sometimes when you put in 7 qts the stick reads well above the two top holes.

I guess I'll have to wait for the first oil change and then put in 7 qts and see where the level is on the stick.
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I have read that sometimes when you put in 7 qts the stick reads well above the two top holes.

I guess I'll have to wait for the first oil change and then put in 7 qts and see where the level is on the stick.
If you just add oil and check without running it first, of course the level will be high because the filter & adapter are still empty.
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Re: 2008 5.7 Hemi dip stick markings

ALways check the oil level after it is up to full operating temp, as it will expand. I do this after running for an extended period; This takes more than 10 minutes if it is started up cold, i.e. just because the coolant temp comes up to temp, does not mean the oil is at operating temps yet.
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Re: 2008 5.7 Hemi dip stick markings

1. My '08 HEMI has only hash marks on the oil dipstick. Comes right to the middle of the marks at 7-qt refill. Is yours spiraled (i.e., twisted)?

2. As stated previously, check your oil on level ground when the engine is up to operating temperature. Wait 5 minutes after shutdown for the upper oil galleries to drain down for an accurate sump oil level reading.
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Re: 2008 5.7 Hemi dip stick markings

My dip stick has one twist at the bottom. The top two holes are on the long straight part of the stick. Then in makes a 1/2 turn and the other two holes are below that one 1/2 twist. (That is like most Jeep sticks I have. Same as my 2000GC 4.7 and my 91 Cherokee 4L and my 98 Wrangler 4l. All the sticks are the same.

As I said I check oil after more than 3K of use and sitting for over a week, cold. It reads 1/2" above the top holes.
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Re: 2008 5.7 Hemi dip stick markings

The oil will always been in the safe range, regardless of temperature. If you are tracking oil consumption, you want to check at the same temperature each time (cold or hot) to see the level at the same temperature. If you are just concerned it is in the safe level, cold or hot won't make a bit of difference.

As stated previously, you want to allow a few minutes for the oil to drain back to the pan - and if you JUST changed it you have to run it for a few minutes to circulate the oil through the filter.

...this is all in the owner's manual:


"The best time to check the engine oil level is about 5
minutes after a fully warmed engine is shut off or before
starting the engine after it has sat overnight.
Checking the oil while the vehicle is on level ground will
improve the accuracy of the oil level readings. Maintain
the oil level in the SAFE level range. Adding 1 U.S. Quart
(0.95L) of oil when the level is at the bottom of the SAFE
range will result in the level being at the top of the SAFE

range."


Let's not make this more complicated than it has to be...it's just checking the oil people!
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Re: 2008 5.7 Hemi dip stick markings

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My dip stick has one twist at the bottom. The top two holes are on the long straight part of the stick. Then in makes a 1/2 turn and the other two holes are below that one 1/2 twist. (That is like most Jeep sticks I have. Same as my 2000GC 4.7 and my 91 Cherokee 4L and my 98 Wrangler 4l. All the sticks are the same.

As I said I check oil after more than 3K of use and sitting for over a week, cold. It reads 1/2" above the top holes.
Doesn't sound like the oil dipstick...maybe it has been replaced with an after-market one?

In any event, as mentioned way back at the start of this thread, you're probably fine with a half-inch over.

Personally, I would drain and re-fill to the proper level, just for my own sanity (those sorts of things bug the heck out of me!).
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Re: 2008 5.7 Hemi dip stick markings

When I change the oil and filter, I'm going to put in the recommended amount.

Then run it for 5 minutes and check it 20 minutes later. If it is above my top marks, I will mark the stick where the level is and than will be my full mark for the proper amount of oil. (I will check in two or three times after the oil change but within a week. That should show the true level. That is where I will "File" a new "full mark".
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When I change the oil and filter, I'm going to put in the recommended amount.

Then run it for 5 minutes and check it 20 minutes later. If it is above my top marks, I will mark the stick where the level is and than will be my full mark for the proper amount of oil. (I will check in two or three times after the oil change but within a week. That should show the true level. That is where I will "File" a new "full mark".
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