how the hell do you check the oil?

how the hell do you check the oil?

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peter2704

Original Poster:

222 posts

175 months

Tuesday 15th June
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ok ,so with the wifes n18 cooper S i want to keep on top of the oil situation.Can someone explain the best way to check the dipstick ,I have had over 25 cars in my life time and the mini is the most confusing and hard to read ,is there a correct way...help

Tye Green

116 posts

76 months

Tuesday 15th June
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cant help you with the mini but, like you I've owned quite a few cars and would say that most of them have a convoluted dipstick tube and by the time you pull the dipstick out all the oil which was on the end between the two marks is either brushed off or spread out rendering the thing useless.

Most recent: my son's Citroen C1

softtop

2,907 posts

214 months

Tuesday 15th June
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peter2704 said:
ok ,so with the wifes n18 cooper S i want to keep on top of the oil situation.Can someone explain the best way to check the dipstick ,I have had over 25 cars in my life time and the mini is the most confusing and hard to read ,is there a correct way...help
Turbo or supercharged?

Challo

6,564 posts

122 months

Tuesday 15th June
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softtop said:
peter2704 said:
ok ,so with the wifes n18 cooper S i want to keep on top of the oil situation.Can someone explain the best way to check the dipstick ,I have had over 25 cars in my life time and the mini is the most confusing and hard to read ,is there a correct way...help
Turbo or supercharged?
The N18 is Turbo.

OP - The dipstick is a known issue, sometimes people find it hard to read others not. I think you can buy an aftermarket one but its expensive. Some others have made a groove into the dipstick to help make it easy to read.

MDifficult

1,170 posts

152 months

Tuesday 15th June
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I had an N18 GP2. There's two issues: a dipstick that's hard to read and a dip tube that holds oil.

There's a technique for this though...

- Get the car warm and turn off.
- Remove the dipstick straight away, clean it thoroughly and set it to one side (or rest across the engine).
- Wait 10 mins or so for all the oil in the dip tube to run down into the sump, as well as the oil from the rest of the system.
- Dip and check the level.

It should be nice and clear and easy to read at that point. But if it's not (because dark oil on a dark dipstick is a challenge), lay the dip 'end' on kitchen roll and 'roll' it along. You'll clearly see a line of oil where the level is.

Worked for me every time. Good luck!

Skyedriver

12,054 posts

249 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Never been able to find the dip stick on my wife's 17 plate Cooper Cabrio. Is there one? Where do I look?

MDifficult

1,170 posts

152 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Skyedriver said:
Never been able to find the dip stick on my wife's 17 plate Cooper Cabrio. Is there one? Where do I look?
Ooo.. think I can answer that one too!

2017 MINI is very much a BMW. No dipstick. You check through Vehicle Status in the iDrive.

Boom! Two for two!

peter2704

Original Poster:

222 posts

175 months

Tuesday 15th June
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turbo 2011 n18 petrol

MDifficult

1,170 posts

152 months

Wednesday 16th June
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peter2704 said:
turbo 2011 n18 petrol
Hi Peter, I've answered your question up there ^^^

Your car has the N18 engine, exactly the same as the MINI GP2. Hence my answer. thumbup

Mr Peel

324 posts

89 months

Wednesday 16th June
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MDifficult said:
I had an N18 GP2. There's two issues: a dipstick that's hard to read and a dip tube that holds oil.

There's a technique for this though...

- Get the car warm and turn off.
- Remove the dipstick straight away, clean it thoroughly and set it to one side (or rest across the engine).
- Wait 10 mins or so for all the oil in the dip tube to run down into the sump, as well as the oil from the rest of the system.
- Dip and check the level.

It should be nice and clear and easy to read at that point. But if it's not (because dark oil on a dark dipstick is a challenge), lay the dip 'end' on kitchen roll and 'roll' it along. You'll clearly see a line of oil where the level is.

Worked for me every time. Good luck!
Just to support this method. Does indeed work every time.

cwdude

6 posts

5 months

Wednesday 16th June
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N18 2013 Cooper S so basically the same. ended up buying the PRS racing dipstick Thought £35 wasnt too bad for piece of mind (OCD about oil in any car). It was on offer

DaveyBoyWonder

1,250 posts

141 months

Thursday 17th June
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I've had this problem before but after reading around, it seems that the options are:
a) faffing around a lot when you simply want to read the oil
b) buying a £60 aftermarket dipstick
c) file it

I chose option c and its made a world of difference. Take out the dipstick, clamp the bottom end in a vice and take a file to two sides to create two flat sides (so instead of the dipstick looking like O, it looks more 0 with flatter sides). I was sceptical but its made a massive difference for the sake of a 10 minute job.

Skyedriver

12,054 posts

249 months

Thursday 17th June
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MDifficult said:
Skyedriver said:
Never been able to find the dip stick on my wife's 17 plate Cooper Cabrio. Is there one? Where do I look?
Ooo.. think I can answer that one too!

2017 MINI is very much a BMW. No dipstick. You check through Vehicle Status in the iDrive.

Boom! Two for two!
Bwaar! i wanna dipstick!



peter2704

Original Poster:

222 posts

175 months

Thursday 17th June
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I have filed the sides and removed the lower bulge a bit and it seems better,Also wiping and inserting ,then stopping at the yellow handle lower edge(not fully in,1 inch short) ,this shows up nicely then add 1 inch on for a true reading...if this makes sense

DaveyBoyWonder

1,250 posts

141 months

Friday 18th June
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In fact, that reminds me. Its been more than 5 minutes and a couple of hundred miles since I last read it so better do that today...