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#4622197 - 01/02/18 08:36 PM Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick?
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#4622201 - 01/02/18 08:44 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: OneEyeJack]
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I like having a dipstick to check the fluid level and condition without having to take stuff apart. Also a convenient place to fill without fancy pumps, and access to take samples without draining everything out.

That said, I would appreciate an electronic low oil level sensor as well in case something has quietly begun to leak while on a long trip.
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#4622203 - 01/02/18 08:46 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: OneEyeJack]
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broke off the the annoying orange plastic tip of my civic oil stick only to find a normal blade under the removed plastic...bliss.


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#4622204 - 01/02/18 08:46 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Now we have to worry about dipsticks getting banned?!?!
What's the world coming to?
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#4622210 - 01/02/18 08:51 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: OneEyeJack]
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'06 SR5 has one nice trans..can't check it though and my service guy screams PIA when I order a F/F.
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#4622212 - 01/02/18 08:55 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: OneEyeJack]
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How I do it on my Farmall:

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#4622222 - 01/02/18 09:06 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: OneEyeJack]
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I prefer a dipstick AND an oil level sensor, although my last three cars have lacked a dipstick and the sensors have always worked flawlessly.
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#4622234 - 01/02/18 09:20 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: VeryNoisyPoet]
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Originally Posted By: VeryNoisyPoet
I like having a dipstick to check the fluid level and condition without having to take stuff apart. Also a convenient place to fill without fancy pumps, and access to take samples without draining everything out.

That said, I would appreciate an electronic low oil level sensor as well in case something has quietly begun to leak while on a long trip.


I had that on my 1991 Ford Ranger 3.0.
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#4622242 - 01/02/18 09:28 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: OneEyeJack]
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The Buick has both -a really easy-to-read dipstick and a sensor that sends a "LOW OIL LEVEL" message when, I believe, ~1 quart low.
I still check my oil regularly, but it gives me some peace of mind to have the sensor in case I were to forget.
(It reads the level at each engine start.)
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#4622249 - 01/02/18 09:32 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Stripping aware your DIY ability one step at a time. Wait for the self driving cars they'll drive them selves into the dealership once a month for a check up and needed service. Then you'll get a bill if you don't pay it your car will reposes itself!
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#4622253 - 01/02/18 09:35 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: OneEyeJack]
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I prefer things, where I can manually intervene too - so yes to a dipstick, but of course with a sensor smile
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#4622259 - 01/02/18 09:38 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: OneEyeJack]
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What others have said here is probably the best option. Having both an oil level sensor and a dipstick. But if it came to one or the other, it would be the dipstick for me.

I'm not going to trust a sensor operating in such a harsh condition with the lubrication of my engine, I don't want to find out something's wrong when the low oil pressure light comes on either, that's insane. How much is it going to cost and how hard would it be to replace if it failed as well? Versus a stick that just sits there and lasts forever.

The only issue here is that people don't check it enough because doing so requires going under the hood of the car, that's a place that's increasingly becoming a place where people don't want to go. Just look at how they plastic wrap everything under the hood.

These days nobody knows anything about cars except old people, mechanics and people who care about cars like us. The young generation smart phoners could care less and probably couldn't name a single component under the hood, not even the engine. Having the access to oil level be inside the cabin through the infotainment system is what they perceive as being the future. Me? Get out of the [censored] car and check the dipstick.

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#4622303 - 01/02/18 10:22 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
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Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
Stripping aware your DIY ability one step at a time. Wait for the self driving cars they'll drive them selves into the dealership once a month for a check up and needed service. Then you'll get a bill if you don't pay it your car will reposes itself!



LOL so true
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#4622350 - 01/02/18 11:54 PM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: OneEyeJack]
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I asked a 25-year-old male co-worker his thoughts on the subject. His answer? No need for a dipstick because his car has an oil pressure warning light and an oil life monitor. He said that he watches the monitor for oil changes and beyond that, he doubts that the level will ever get low enough that the oil pressure warning light will come one but its there just in case.

He purchased his Corolla new, 5 years ago and has done nothing but oil changes at a quick-lube, tires at Discount Tires and he takes it through the carwash every week without fail and always leaves a 1 or 2 dollar tip. He never lets the quick-lube upsell him. It's Southern California. He parks in a garage at home and at work and prides himself on taking excellent care of his ride. It does look like a new car but I'm not sure he knows where the hood release might be.

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#4622398 - 01/03/18 03:26 AM Re: Do you prefer the old fashioned dipstick? [Re: OneEyeJack]
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A dipstick with holes at min, max and mid point. If it doesn't have holes, I make the holes. Never a problem to read the oil level,
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