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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: 20067
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 & AC Delco PF64)
2006 Civic EX Coupe (M1 0w20 AFE & 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: 2693
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: 16320
Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
In the safe zone
02 Wrangler super-s 10w30
87 F250 proline 15w40
04 Tahoe super-s 10w30
Z400 Lucas 10w30
KLR250 Maxima 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 Online   content

Registered: 03/20/16
Posts: 839
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 86K
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: 2821
Loc: Coastal South Carolina
lower part of the range. my japanese cars dont burn much oil
Prius? In line water heater? Solar?
All save energy, but may not save money (complicated, no DIY, parts hard to get, , parts expensive, etc).

#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: 3176
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: 29093
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: 1134
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: 145
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 197k Valvoline maxlife 10w30
Bosch WS oil filter

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

Registered: 02/04/18
Posts: 180
Loc: Pennsylvania
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
2005 Subaru Baja AWD 2.5L N/A 5spd.

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

Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 3478
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 Offline

Registered: 09/06/15
Posts: 5057
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 Offline

Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 851
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

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

Registered: 10/04/08
Posts: 271
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: 1646
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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