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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #4753977 05/11/18 09:26 AM
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I must be really lucky. In all the years, and all the vehicles , I have owned and maintained, I have never experienced any significant oil loss that I could notice on a dipstick. Knock on wood, to this day I still don't have to add make-up oil between OCIs. Having said that my OCIs are at 5k intervals, maybe a little more if on a trip at OCI time. Maybe that's a factor. IDK.


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #4753981 05/11/18 09:28 AM
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Once a week to once every couple months. They never need topping off. Harley does, so that gets checked at least once a week when ridden.


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #4753987 05/11/18 09:29 AM
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Every weekend -or 2nd fill up on a road trip.

If towing every fuel stop.

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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #4754022 05/11/18 09:49 AM
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3 or 4 monthes after changing.


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #4754044 05/11/18 10:12 AM
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Never. That is what the idiot light is for and I carry 2 quarts of oil in the car at all times.


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: deven] #4754046 05/11/18 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted By: deven
Never. That is what the idiot light is for and I carry 2 quarts of oil in the car at all times.


Remind me to never buy a used car off you. eek


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: mightymousetech] #4754056 05/11/18 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted By: deven
Never. That is what the idiot light is for and I carry 2 quarts of oil in the car at all times.


Remind me to never buy a used car off you. eek

I am getting old and I drive my cars very gently plus of all the cars I have had only 1 was an oil burner. Just cuz the oil level goes down 1 quart doesn't mean it will grenade.


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: deven] #4754064 05/11/18 10:28 AM
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Never. That is what the idiot light is for and I carry 2 quarts of oil in the car at all times.


Remind me to never buy a used car off you. eek

I am getting old and I drive my cars very gently plus of all the cars I have had only 1 was an oil burner. Just cuz the oil level goes down 1 quart doesn't mean it will grenade.


Won't grenade, but it will increase oil consumption every time you go down a L or two. We do so many V6 pistons and short blocks due to oil consumption, they are currently on back order. They can't build them fast enough.


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: mightymousetech] #4754083 05/11/18 10:48 AM
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Never. That is what the idiot light is for and I carry 2 quarts of oil in the car at all times.


Remind me to never buy a used car off you. eek

I am getting old and I drive my cars very gently plus of all the cars I have had only 1 was an oil burner. Just cuz the oil level goes down 1 quart doesn't mean it will grenade.


Won't grenade, but it will increase oil consumption every time you go down a L or two. We do so many V6 pistons and short blocks due to oil consumption, they are currently on back order. They can't build them fast enough.

I wouldn't really know because the only one I did own that burned oil a 2012 Audi A6, the oil consumption was always like clockwork and always 3 quarts every 10,000 miles.


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: Sierra048] #4754111 05/11/18 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted By: Sierra048
I must be really lucky. In all the years, and all the vehicles , I have owned and maintained, I have never experienced any significant oil loss that I could notice on a dipstick. Knock on wood, to this day I still don't have to add make-up oil between OCIs. Having said that my OCIs are at 5k intervals, maybe a little more if on a trip at OCI time. Maybe that's a factor. IDK.


Things might be a bit different if you had vehicles with 300K+ miles on them like I do...

Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #4754135 05/11/18 11:38 AM
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Personally, I check my Civic about every week or two, and before and after any track event.

The BMW gets checked pretty much every time I get the oil up to full temp, so easy to do from the driver's seat.


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: mightymousetech] #4754140 05/11/18 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted By: mightymousetech


The BMW gets checked pretty much every time I get the oil up to full temp, so easy to do from the driver's seat.


I am the same way with my wife's BMW. I don't drive it as often as she does, so whenever I get behind the wheel I always scroll through the dashboard display to get to the oil level. IMO, the electronic dipstick in the BMW is an amazing invention. No more second guessing the level like with a regular dipstick. (for instance, the one on my Corvette is annoying, it will read full on one side of the stick and when you flip it over it'll show the level in the middle, and nobody I've talked to seems to know which level is the correct one)


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #4754162 05/11/18 12:09 PM
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When cold after a long drive.

Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #4754176 05/11/18 12:23 PM
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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #4754208 05/11/18 01:11 PM
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I will check it weekly when I first buy it.

Once i figure out if it actually uses any oil I may adjust what I do.

I always liked the way most Renaults since the 80's have an oil level check every time you start the engine, and it is accurate.

Checking the oil on the Smart is a pain in the you know what, empty the boot, remove the parcel shelf, remove the sound deadening, undo the screws that hold down the boot floor and then struggle to get hold of the slightly awkwardly situated dipstick.

Annoyingly the Smart is based on a Renault Twingo and I wonder if the Twingo has the usual oil level check on the dash every time you start the car.

Preferable to the nightmare of the Smart.

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