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#1 Old 09-15-2009, 06:58 PM
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Checking engine oil level question?

So I had engine oil changed on my ~3 months old 2009 2.5s at the dealer last week. Over the weekend when I checked the oil level it seems a high. I went to the dealer today to pump some out and they were quite apprehensive about it. The head tech tried to convince me that the oil level is not high and is reading at the correct level. He also said even if it was a little high it is not a problem unless it is quite high. He said if you overfill it the engine light will come on for over pressure so I should not worry about it. After me insisting they said they can do another oil change but I will have to leavethe car for a few hours. I don't have that much time so I left.

Now my question is how to correctly read the dipstick? Don' laugh guys I am serious. I followed what the manual say warm the engine and leave for 10 mins and then check the level. I have done that way as well as the old way of doing it completey cold and seen similar results.

What I see is that there is residue of oil (about a 1/4") even above the C mark of the dipstick. The H mark is about 1/4" below the C mark. You can clearly see the oil up to the H level but after that it is not as solid and is kind of streaking up to the above of the C mark. I am confused if the oil is really above the C mark and is just not able to stick there when I pull the stick out or it is just some residue from oil in the dipstick holder. I think oil level is about 1/2"-3/4" high because I saw similar streaks even when I left the car sitting over night.

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Did you wipe the oil off of the dipstick then reinsert/withdraw to get a reading or did you just pull it out and read it?

You sound like you would be more content changing your own oil, then you know you have done it right.

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I believe the marks that are not solid making their way to the "C" mark are residue from the inside of the dipstick tube. Remove the dipstick, wipe it off, reinsert it and remove it, then read where it's SOLID across the width of the stick and that's your reading. I wouldn't be worried about it being high if it's not going past the "C" mark with a solid line of oil.

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could be that the dealer is just putting in 5qts but the manual says capacity is 4 7/8 qts. Kinda hard to measure out 7/8qt lol. But if thats the case I think you will be ok.
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could be that the dealer is just putting in 5qts but the manual says capacity is 4 7/8 qts. Kinda hard to measure out 7/8qt lol. But if thats the case I think you will be ok.
bingo! even the same dealership, different mechanics do it differently. i went to dealership twice, first time they put exactly 4 7/8 quarts, and gave me leftovers in the jug. second time they put all 5 quarts in. i wouldn't worry about it, as they said if it was too much you'd see lights on dashboard. as long as it's not too low, it's ok.

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could be that the dealer is just putting in 5qts but the manual says capacity is 4 7/8 qts. Kinda hard to measure out 7/8qt lol. But if thats the case I think you will be ok.
That extra 1/8th of a quart is only 4 ounces. Don't sweat it. I get a 5 quart jug of Mobil 1 and I dump the whole thing in when I change the oil. No problems.

Just curious OP, how long have you been driving?
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That extra 1/8th of a quart is only 4 ounces. Don't sweat it. I get a 5 quart jug of Mobil 1 and I dump the whole thing in when I change the oil. No problems.

Just curious OP, how long have you been driving?
Oh I agree, I just changed my oil this afternoon and dumped all 5 qts in. Level is fine, car runs fine.
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Have been driving for 15 years and yes I used to change my own oil but for last few years just been lazy.

I have been checking oil for many years so I know how to do it (yes yes I do wipe the dipstick before putting it in to check come on now). I am just surprised that after the car sits the whole night there is still residue of oil from dipstick tube that goes all the way to the top of the C. That is why I was asking if any of you guys checked did you see the residue all the way to the top of C or you do not?

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As it's been already said, even a whole 5-quart jug is absolutely fine. That max line is not an absolute. As long as it's not ridiculously high on the dipstick, you're good to go.

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