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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5208192 09/09/19 04:47 AM
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This works. Hard to see oil level check. It's a variation of what I've been doing since shop class in the 70's, and the blue paper towel method. I found ATF can be a PITA to check after a transmission service and fluid exchange.


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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: slacktide_bitog] #5208219 09/09/19 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
Honda uses an orange plastic dipstick on their newer cars, and it is impossible to see the oil until it darkens during the OCI mad


I was going to say the same thing. It's very difficult on my 2012 Civic and my old 2006 Civic to read the orange dipstick.


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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5208237 09/09/19 06:51 AM
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I just use a paper towel. Pull the dipstick and lay the end on the white paper towel and you'll see exactly where the oil level is.


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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: slacktide_bitog] #5208281 09/09/19 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
Honda uses an orange plastic dipstick on their newer cars, and it is impossible to see the oil until it darkens during the OCI mad


Is an aftermarket metal one available?

Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5208307 09/09/19 08:50 AM
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A good case to use Royal Purple? LOL

My Mazda 3 is the same. Very hard to read with fresh oil, but I've learned to live with it and look at various angles to see the light reflect from the wet oil.
Plus I know it takes 4 liters to get it to the full mark.

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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5208329 09/09/19 09:24 AM
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Paper towel works.
I just slowly run my finger down the dipstick until I strike oil.
Then I add more until it's overfilled. Sheesh.
Fast, easy and simple.

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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5208345 09/09/19 09:42 AM
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On my 14 Corolla that uses no oil when I check the stick it doesn`t seem to stick evenly to the stick. I think at the low end of the stick instead of being so smooth they should be a kind of rough surface .


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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5208355 09/09/19 09:58 AM
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If you allowed it to drain completely, put what is suggested in the manual. Check the oil the next morning before starting. If the level does not show full, use a scribe to mark where the level is at on the dip stick. I had to do that on my Fords.


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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5208408 09/09/19 11:15 AM
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It is really fun to check clean new transmission fluid when it is hot to get the correct level. I will take motor oil that can be checked cold any day.

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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5208456 09/09/19 12:06 PM
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Yes this is a common issue. The most effective way is to pull the dipstick and leave it out for at least 30 minutes. Wipe it off REALLY good, push it in and pull it out, then hold it near a light and you should see the shiny area pretty easily. I like the idea of laying it down on a paper towel to see where it gets wet, but you need to be careful not to move the stick around too much or it will get confusing where the oil level is.
I know you are meticulous about maintaining a FULL reading but really, if you're not pushing the truck hard, it only needs to read between the ADD and FULL marks -- this is called the "safe zone" by most manufacturers, for a reason.
If you are towing, hauling, crawling/wheeling, or other severe service, then it would be best to maintain the level at or near the FULL mark.


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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5208578 09/09/19 03:45 PM
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Thank you all for your input, feedback and suggestions.

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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5208591 09/09/19 04:09 PM
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Dipstick on my Fords are a darkish grey color so I take some sandpaper or sanding foam block and sand of the finish to a shiny surface
Problem solved
Easy to see then, clean or dirty oil

Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5208981 09/10/19 07:25 AM
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PITA to read the oil level on 2gr-fe. I can only recommend what other posters before suggested: read the dipstick when cold, before cranking the engine in the morning without reinserting it to read it again, cause the second reading will look vastly different :-) :-) Or in the afternoon when leaving the office before heading home will also work, 8-8:30 hours is enough to get an accurate reading.

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Yep AurionX2, I agree with checking it first thing in the morning before a drive. I found that it shows up better on the dipstick for me.


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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5209089 09/10/19 09:37 AM
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My Charger is horrible when it comes to reading the oil dipstick. I just cannot tell the level AT ALL, no matter what I do. The oil is smeared all over the dipstick.

If you can't figure out how to design a legible dipstick, you should at least display the level electronically in the dashboard, but of course FCA didn't bother with that either. It's the little things like that which differentiate good cars from great cars.


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