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#4670057 - 02/18/18 05:58 PM Where do you keep your oil level?
Patman Offline

Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 20336
Loc: Oakville, Ontario
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.
2018 Corvette (M1 5w30 ESP & Fram Ultra)
2006 Civic EX Coupe (PUP 5w20 & Fram Ultra)
2010 BMW 328i X-Drive (GC 0w40 & Mann)

#4670060 - 02/18/18 06:00 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
JC1 Offline

Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 3001
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Keep it at full.
2015 Grand Caravan SXT Plus 5w-20 PPPP/Wix Filter
1997 Honda Civic CX 5w-30 PPPP/Mahle Filter

#4670065 - 02/18/18 06:04 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
Chris142 Online   content

Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 16817
Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
In the safe zone
02 Wrangler durablend 10w40
87 F250 traveler 15w40
04 Tahoe super-s 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40

#4670067 - 02/18/18 06:05 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
CR94 Offline

Registered: 03/20/16
Posts: 1120
Loc: Western S.C. since 1996
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).
2011 Toyota Prius now at 88K
1981 Mazda GLC (323) retired at 606K
1972 Subaru DL retired at 190K
1954 Chevrolet retired at 121K

#4670069 - 02/18/18 06:09 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
edwardh1 Offline

Registered: 01/17/03
Posts: 2941
Loc: Coastal South Carolina
lower part of the range. my japanese cars dont burn much oil
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#4670071 - 02/18/18 06:11 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
Rick in PA Offline

Registered: 01/04/03
Posts: 3203
Loc: Southeastern, PA
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.
A wise man told me:
"Heat is your friend." and "Any oil is better than no oil."

#4670074 - 02/18/18 06:13 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
demarpaint Offline

Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29745
Loc: NY
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.
God Bless Our Troops

#4670084 - 02/18/18 06:18 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Chris142]
WyrTwister Offline

Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1504
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Chris142
In the safe zone

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

#4670089 - 02/18/18 06:24 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
Insertcoolname Offline

Registered: 08/28/17
Posts: 157
Loc: South Texas
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
04 Camry 2az-fe 2.4L 200k M1 HiMi 10w30
Bosch D+ filter

#4670091 - 02/18/18 06:28 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
BAJA_05 Online   content

Registered: 02/04/18
Posts: 339
Loc: Berks County/Pa.
I like mine at the full mark. During OCI if it goes down within the safe zone -- im ok with that then also.

2017 VW Jetta SE TSI 1.4L Turbo
PP Euro 0W40 & FU
2008 Acura TL 3.2L QSHM 5W20 & FU
2005 Subaru Baja AWD 2.5L N/A 5spd.
Rotella T6 5W30 & ST

#4670092 - 02/18/18 06:30 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
rooflessVW Offline

Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4030
Loc: North Carolina
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."

#4670096 - 02/18/18 06:36 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
BrocLuno Online   content

Registered: 09/06/15
Posts: 5511
Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
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.

#4670104 - 02/18/18 06:43 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
irv Online   content

Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 1052
Loc: Oshawa, Ont. Canada
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.

Edited by irv (02/18/18 06:49 PM)
2017 Chevy Impala 3.6 Ltr.
2013 Ram Hemi Bighorn QC 4x4
PP and/or PUP for both vehicles.

#4670116 - 02/18/18 06:50 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
nickaluch Offline

Registered: 10/04/08
Posts: 376
Loc: Long Island,nassau county NY
At the full mark
2007 G6 beater.2012 E450 box truck. 2018 Chevy Traverse.2017 E450 box truck.2017 Chevy 3500 extend cargo van.

#4670119 - 02/18/18 06:54 PM Re: Where do you keep your oil level? [Re: Patman]
otis24 Offline

Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 1656
Loc: South Dakota
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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