Hard to see level of new oil on dipstick when re-filling

Hard to see level of new oil on dipstick when re-filling

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perryr777

Original Poster:

2 posts

6 months

Friday 12th March
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Because new oil is so clean, it is sometimes very difficult to see where the oil level is on the dipstick when refilling with fresh oil. This works a treat:

a) Get a length of stiff plastic tube (nylon is best) which will go down the dipstick tube on the engine, 4-5 mm OD and about 40 cm longer than the dipstick.
b) Drill through a cork or rubber bung and thread it onto the tube so it is a sliding fit..
c) Keeping the bung in contact with the top of the dipstick tube, gradually push the plastic tube down the dipstick tube, at the same time gently blowing down it.
d) When the end of the tube reaches the oil in the sump you will hear a bit of bubbling and gurgling. If you suck gently you will also feel resistance.
e) Without moving the bung on the tube, withdraw it, align the bottom of the bung with the stop on the dipstick, and see where the end of the tube is relative to the level markings on the dipstick.

rigga

7,174 posts

170 months

Friday 12th March
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Stop faffing and just pull the dipstick and place it on some kitchen towel.

Jesus I've never read such crap.

Maximus_Meridius101

1,222 posts

6 months

Friday 12th March
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Put some green food dye in the oil, job jobbed.

lexusboy

1,086 posts

112 months

Friday 12th March
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Who checks the oil level after refilling?

Service manual says it takes a certain amount so I pour that in and close the bonnet

fttm

2,446 posts

104 months

Saturday 13th March
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Gas station attendants check the oil don't they ?

Tony1963

3,396 posts

131 months

Saturday 13th March
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I’d love to see the OP’s process for a complicated action lol.

Me: remove dipstick, clean with cloth. Reinsert dipstick fully for a couple of seconds, remove. Observe where dry bit meets wet bit, turn dipstick in the light if having difficulty seeing where dry bit meets wet bit. That’s the level...

Best the OP never dates a larger lady!

MercScot

715 posts

120 months

Saturday 13th March
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I thought the schools went back last Monday? Can't recall when I last read such crap.

steveo3002

8,648 posts

143 months

Saturday 13th March
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google what the capacity is with or without filter....put that much in ...job done

Dogwatch

5,746 posts

191 months

Saturday 13th March
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Life can be soooo difficult sometimes.

ChocolateFrog

13,957 posts

142 months

Saturday 13th March
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lexusboy said:
Who checks the oil level after refilling?
For the sake of 10 seconds I'd expect everyone.

mickyh7

1,435 posts

55 months

Saturday 13th March
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I don't check, because my car doesn't have a Dipstick! All done on the MMI.

Nads02

118 posts

7 months

Saturday 13th March
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Maybe use a torch so it reflects. Personally I'd never stick Any thing down the dipstick hole because if it goes deep down and doesnt come up it won't be fun

Evoluzione

6,636 posts

212 months

Saturday 13th March
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ChocolateFrog said:
lexusboy said:
Who checks the oil level after refilling?
For the sake of 10 seconds I'd expect everyone.
yes

Who doesn't? An idiot.

Belle427

5,612 posts

202 months

Saturday 13th March
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Pour some water in the oil, it will turn to white Mayo.
Easily visible on the dipstick then. wink

mickyh7

1,435 posts

55 months

Saturday 13th March
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Evoluzione said:
ChocolateFrog said:
lexusboy said:
Who checks the oil level after refilling?
For the sake of 10 seconds I'd expect everyone.
yes

Who doesn't? An idiot.
Most modern German car owners.
Manufacturers don't fit dip sticks anymore.
Read all of the thread?

Chris32345

1,699 posts

31 months

Saturday 13th March
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lexusboy said:
Who checks the oil level after refilling?

Service manual says it takes a certain amount so I pour that in and close the bonnet
Because on many engines you can have 100ml or so still in the engines oil pathways

Captain Answer

1,040 posts

156 months

Monday 15th March
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rigga said:
Stop faffing and just pull the dipstick and place it on some kitchen towel.

Jesus I've never read such crap.
Straight to the point there biglaugh

This is exactly how though, especially if you've got a car that is hard to read - the end on the dipsticks for SAAB were black for a good while, absolute arse to read any other way

mickyh7

1,435 posts

55 months

Monday 15th March
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Crikey we have Spacecraft on Mars right now.
Many Men have been to the Moon.
We have been to the bottom of the Deepest Oceans.
Yet this thread exists
banghead

InitialDave

9,261 posts

88 months

Monday 15th March
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lexusboy said:
Who checks the oil level after refilling?
How's life at Kwik Fit treating you?

steveo3002

8,648 posts

143 months

Monday 15th March
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ive been training a ladybird to crawl down the dipstick tube and report back on the oil level