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Where do you keep your oil level? #4670057
02/18/18 05:58 PM
02/18/18 05:58 PM
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Patman Offline OP
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It's been a while since we had this discussion so I thought it would be an interesting conversation. What level on your dipstick do you like to keep the oil level in your cars and why?

I prefer to keep mine to the highest level (and in the past I'd even go a 1/2 to a full quart higher on some of my cars) but I know there are others that prefer to keep it in the middle of the range or even at the low end.


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Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670060
02/18/18 06:00 PM
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Keep it at full.


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Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670065
02/18/18 06:04 PM
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In the safe zone


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Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670067
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Above halfway from the low mark of the dipstick to the full mark, but not above the level it reaches when I put in the specified volume (which is, illogically, a little below the full mark).


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Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670069
02/18/18 06:09 PM
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lower part of the range. my japanese cars dont burn much oil


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Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670071
02/18/18 06:11 PM
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I like to drill 1/16" diameter holes at full, half, and low on all my dipsticks (even the lawn & garden equipment where it has a metal dipstick). You have to use a carbide drill, the dipstick steel is usually a spring temper. The holes make it easy to get an accurate level reading, something I picked up from Ford dipsticks.

I keep my oil level in the upper half. When the half hole is exposed, I add a half quart.


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"Heat is your friend." and "Any oil is better than no oil."
Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670074
02/18/18 06:13 PM
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I keep it right at the full line, which is exactly 5 quarts in one vehicle and 6 quarts in the other two, all with new filters. That puts them right to the full mark. When I change my oil I do it with the engine warm and allow at least 30 minutes drain time, sometimes longer. That gets it spot on.


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Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Chris142] #4670084
02/18/18 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted By: Chris142
In the safe zone


Yep , preferably in the upper part of the safe zone .


Wyr
God bless
Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670089
02/18/18 06:24 PM
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My car seems to sit right inbetween L and F.
A little higher than halfway up the safe zone.

I only add oil if its getting near Low
Rarely


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Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670091
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I like mine at the full mark. During OCI if it goes down within the safe zone -- im ok with that then also.



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Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670092
02/18/18 06:30 PM
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Low to middle in the Carrera. If I run it at the full line I get a random puff at startup.

The Volvo always indicates that it is perfectly full.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670096
02/18/18 06:36 PM
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At the full mark. Since oil is the main coolant in an engine, the volume counts.


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670104
02/18/18 06:43 PM
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Both of my current vehicles, when the recommended amount is added, takes both to the full mark and that is where I like to keep them until the next OC.

My boat motor, 07 Merc 90hp 4 stroke, it specifically reads, if it is in the "Hashmark" area, "Do Not Add Oil". This bugs me, as, like above, I like it at the full mark but I've learned to live with it if it is sometimes just in there instead of at the full mark.
I am not sure why they are so specific/anal with that but I suppose R&D has told them it is perfectly safe in that area and adding more oil could take it over the full mark and possibly cause damage? shrug
I have been tempted to add a 100mls at a time to see what happens but going on 10+ years now with it without any hiccups, I think I will leave well enough alone.





Last edited by irv; 02/18/18 06:49 PM.

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Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670116
02/18/18 06:50 PM
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At the full mark


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Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman] #4670119
02/18/18 06:54 PM
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I let it get to the"ADD" mark. That usually isn't a problem on my current Vehicles.


1991 Chevrolet K1500 (4.3, 4x4, 86k miles)

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
(3.6 V6) 46500 miles
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