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#4572522 - 11/13/17 08:51 AM How often do you check your oil level?
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
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Loc: Michigan
Rarely for me. Maybe once every month or two.
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#4572524 - 11/13/17 08:55 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 10/22/09
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Loc: Wet side WA
My Corolla really is not an oil burner but I check it a couple times a month.


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#4572527 - 11/13/17 08:57 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
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On my old focus: once a month.

On the new Forester - every other fillup. Not sure if my FB25 engine is going to be an oil burner and don't want to find out the hard way.

My other two engines seem to leak/burn a bit so usually every time I drive them.
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#4572536 - 11/13/17 09:03 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 01/01/13
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Easy to remember every 1000 miles. Works out to 3 times/month. I fill the washer reservoir while the hood is open.
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#4572538 - 11/13/17 09:05 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman]
urrlord Offline


Registered: 09/25/08
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about every 3 weeks or so in a familiar vehicle

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#4572541 - 11/13/17 09:06 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 12/24/11
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Loc: North Carolina
Almost every time I start the car.

My car runs an oil level check when I turn the ignition on. It takes about 5 seconds so usually I let it run before starting the car.
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#4572545 - 11/13/17 09:11 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12651
Loc: NE,Ohio
Depends on the car.. not too often.. maybe every 6-8 weeks.
None burn oil.

When I had cars that used oil every other gas fillup usually.
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#4572546 - 11/13/17 09:12 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: rooflessVW]
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5790
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Almost every time I start the car.

My car runs an oil level check when I turn the ignition on. It takes about 5 seconds so usually I let it run before starting the car.


Cool, what kind of car?
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#4572563 - 11/13/17 09:22 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 12/07/03
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Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
About every 1,000 miles +/-
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#4572566 - 11/13/17 09:28 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman]
tig1 Offline


Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 13661
Loc: Illinois
Since my engines don't use oil in my normal 10K OCI, it's not necessary to check it for oil level. However I do pop the hood every 2-4 weeks to check under the hood for a general visual check, and while at it I do pull the dip stick.
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#4572568 - 11/13/17 09:28 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: Eddie]
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Registered: 05/18/12
Posts: 4372
Loc: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Originally Posted By: Eddie
About every 1,000 miles +/-


Same here.

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#4572570 - 11/13/17 09:29 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 07/21/02
Posts: 4115
Loc: KY
Usually every 1,000 miles on the Jeep, Mini, and ti. The 2er doesn't use any oil, but every now and then I check it though the Vehicle Status menu if I get bored.
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#4572571 - 11/13/17 09:31 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Every 2nd tank of gas. That way if there is a consumption issue or a problem develops it's not un-noticed. That said my aunt used to have one of those oil burning 3.0L Mitsubishi engines in her Caravan and she would wait until she heard the lifters making noise (2-3 Litres of oil low) to add oil. It lived well until 300,000km. crzy


Edited by StevieC (11/13/17 09:34 AM)
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#4572580 - 11/13/17 09:38 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 5750
Loc: Illinois
Probably once every two weeks. The Gen Coupe "makes" oil due to fuel dilution and the Accent has really slowed in what it does use due to a high mileage oil. The Accent may need 1/2 quart in 7500 miles.
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#4572591 - 11/13/17 09:48 AM Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 09/18/02
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Quite often until I see the usage history over a couple of months. If there is no oil burning, leaking, etc over a few months I rarely check until about 1/2 way into the 5K oil change time. The only problem I have encountered in the last few years was a leak on my GS300. It would leak about 1 qt every 5K. The cam seals and that pulley above them on the right was the culprit. I thought it was sucking up the oil as my Daughter's 2001 IS300 was doing exactly the same thing.
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