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#1605877 - 10/08/2017 16:19 Dip stick
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Does anyone else struggle with checking the oil?

I find it difficult to tell whether I'm at the right level as the dipstick is not particularly clear. At the moment, is seems "full" on the one side and half full on the other side of the stick. [yes, the car is on the level]

Any advice?
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#1605880 - 10/08/2017 17:34 Re: Dip stick [Re: Gripped]
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#1605881 - 10/08/2017 17:36 Re: Dip stick [Re: Gripped]
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I spin it round a few times so it's even both sides then pull it out an check it.

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#1605886 - 10/08/2017 18:24 Re: Dip stick [Re: markopolo]
came2dance Offline
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Originally Posted By markopolo
I spin it round a few times so it's even both sides then pull it out an check it.


Yes but how do you read your dipstick! crazy laugh
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#1605890 - 10/08/2017 19:15 Re: Dip stick [Re: Gripped]
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Brilliant. The guy described the exact same issue.

Sorted. Thanks
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#1605929 - 11/08/2017 12:05 Re: Dip stick [Re: Gripped]
dante giacosa Offline
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Yeah- i get that a lot Toby,

I think if you don't have anything halfway up one side of the dipstick; then that is the level.

You can't have it full 'on one side' but not the other.

I've taken to drying it fastidiously, before dipping it quickly back in to see the result. Plus I use a really good head torch...

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#1605969 - 12/08/2017 15:23 Re: Dip stick [Re: Gripped]
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There is a photo somewhere showing the odd angle the dipstick enters the sump...leading to your issues.

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#1606001 - 13/08/2017 08:00 Re: Dip stick [Re: Gripped]
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I must add that I have been checking my oil all these years.I just wanted to see who else had the same issues.

smile
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#1606003 - 13/08/2017 10:37 Re: Dip stick [Re: Gripped]
jimboy Offline
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I've been checking my oil now on the Coop for nearly ten years & this is the really the first thing I learned. Not really too difficult but not straight forward either. Dark oil is easy to read, with fresh oil I have a clean cloth or paper towel at hand & lay the dip stick on top, the oil shows up exactly where it is.
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#1606005 - 13/08/2017 11:48 Re: Dip stick [Re: Submariner]
GrahamL Offline
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Originally Posted By Submariner
There is a photo somewhere showing the odd angle the dipstick enters the sump...leading to your issues.


click to enlarge

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#1606009 - 13/08/2017 14:23 Re: Dip stick [Re: GrahamL]
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Originally Posted By GrahamL
Originally Posted By Submariner
There is a photo somewhere showing the odd angle the dipstick enters the sump...leading to your issues.


click to enlarge



Bingo!

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#1606031 - 13/08/2017 23:10 Re: Dip stick [Re: Gripped]
Gripped Offline
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Nice one. That really is a serious angle!
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#1606524 - 22/08/2017 13:14 Re: Dip stick [Re: Gripped]
dante giacosa Offline
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Good heaven's

I must eat my words

At that angle, you certainly could have more oil on one side than the other.

Thanks Graham...

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#1606527 - 22/08/2017 13:34 Re: Dip stick [Re: Gripped]
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On both threads (this one and the linked one) people have been advising spinning the dipstick round - but that just "inflates" both sides to the the level on the underside of the dipstick.

Isn't the point that you need the lowest reading (the one on the top) to show full to be at the right level?

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#1606533 - 22/08/2017 14:50 Re: Dip stick [Re: srm6]
came2dance Offline
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Registered: 18/12/2005
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Originally Posted By srm6
On both threads (this one and the linked one) people have been advising spinning the dipstick round - but that just "inflates" both sides to the the level on the underside of the dipstick.

Isn't the point that you need the lowest reading (the one on the top) to show full to be at the right level?


That is a very good point. I've always twizzed it three times but as you say if the oil is not level twizzing the dip stick will equalise the reading from the fullest side! shocked I guess the only answer is to make sure it's level! (i used to have a spirit level on the slam panel of my old coop laugh )
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#1606539 - 22/08/2017 15:59 Re: Dip stick [Re: GrahamL]
Master_Mariner Offline
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Originally Posted By GrahamL
Originally Posted By Submariner
There is a photo somewhere showing the odd angle the dipstick enters the sump...leading to your issues.


click to enlarge



Not an awful lot of difference between "min and Max" when you see it from that angle...just shows how important it is to make sure they are topped up ...I'll be checking mine tonight!

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