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Oil level & time to change #4727940
04/15/18 02:52 PM
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So if you are a 1/2 QT low on oil and 1000 miles from oil change would you add oil or change oil early? How about 1 QT low and/or 500 miles from oil change?


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Re: Oil level & time to change [Re: Donald] #4727949
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Just a half a quart and 1K to go top off! Lots of people I've seen post on here would be thrilled with that little oil consumption. Oh by the way what is your OIC goal and which of your sig cars is this on.


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Re: Oil level & time to change [Re: Donald] #4727956
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The Subaru go 6k and hopefully no make up oil. The pickup is very different.

Last edited by Donald; 04/15/18 03:04 PM.

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Re: Oil level & time to change [Re: Donald] #4727957
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Top off. Many people never check their oil and would never know the difference with that small amount. No need to change it.


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Re: Oil level & time to change [Re: Donald] #4727974
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Top off

Use a cheap 15w40 if you’re worried about price.


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1/2 quart low... Is that below "full?"

If so, I'd let it ride. Add at the "add" line.


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Re: Oil level & time to change [Re: Donald] #4727982
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I'd top it up.


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Re: Oil level & time to change [Re: Donald] #4727996
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There are two schools of thought. After you fill on the new OCI and get the level to the "full" mark of the dipstick, at any point in the OCI you check and it's below the initial point you filled it to, you can:

1. Top it off if that's what makes you feel good.
2. Let it go until you get to the lower end of the marks that say "Add oil".

Reason being, the level on the dipstick can fluctuate from temperature, if the oil is still in the top end of the engine, etc etc etc, and the defining call to action is when the level is at the lowest end of the marks. Whatever makes you feel good is what you should do, because neither method will make a difference to your engine.

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I'd never be a quart low, but with half a quart low, top off.


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Re: Oil level & time to change [Re: Donald] #4728055
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Leave it alone unless you really want to waste a half a quart of oil.
Engines use at least some oil by design and the dipstick is marked with a safe range.
If the oil is to be drained in a mere 1K, there is really no point in adding half a quart of make-up oil


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Re: Oil level & time to change [Re: Donald] #4728067
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I'd always add oil to keep it within proper spec. It's foolish to do otherwise unless you're literally driving home and changing the oil anyway.

Even if I was doing the oil a week later I'd still top it off.

Last edited by oilpsi2high; 04/15/18 04:43 PM.
Re: Oil level & time to change [Re: Donald] #4728069
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If you are frugal, top it off to halfway so you will still be in the middle in 500 or 1000 miles.
If you know your oil consumption you can plan for this better. e.g. by topping off at oci halfway point if you only need 1 topoff per oci, or in thirds if you need 2 topoffs per oci.

Last edited by raytseng; 04/15/18 04:45 PM.
Re: Oil level & time to change [Re: Donald] #4728084
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I keep the oil at the full line. Always. What if the car goes a while between checks? What if the car does a few thousand miles before you have the opportunity to check it again? If you always top off the oil when you check it to make sure that its full, it will never get below add.

I do my mother in laws oil changes. It could be a month or two before I see the car again. I always top if off when I check it.


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Re: Oil level & time to change [Re: Donald] #4728091
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Too many details missing to give a logical answer, including the rate of consumption, planned change interval, value of the vehicle, etc.


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Re: Oil level & time to change [Re: Donald] #4728123
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1/2 quart low is no problem. It isn't at the add line yet. Run it out another 1k miles.


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