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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TheNewBoy

1,476 posts

8 months

Wednesday 19th May
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https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=cant+see+oil+on+...

There are some instructional dipstick videos on youtube
Worth a few days training wink

Evoluzione

6,754 posts

213 months

Wednesday 19th May
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I've actually had to write a blog article for certain car owners on how to read a dipstick. You would not believe the amount of conversations are held Worldwide on the difficulties of using one.
As it's a stick dipped into liquid in a pan it completely scuppers many people, If it had a mobile phone attached to it or an App they'd be happy.


HustleRussell

20,235 posts

130 months

Wednesday 19th May
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Stay tuned! Tomorrow: how to inspect the otherwise impossible to see reverse side of brake discs. You will need three equal lengths of wood, a small mirror and some glue.

paintman

6,621 posts

160 months

Wednesday 19th May
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Evoluzione said:
I've actually had to write a blog article for certain car owners on how to read a dipstick. You would not believe the amount of conversations are held Worldwide on the difficulties of using one.
As it's a stick dipped into liquid in a pan it completely scuppers many people, If it had a mobile phone attached to it or an App they'd be happy.
You'd probably do better telling them to look in a mirror to see what a dipstick looks like.




Krikkit

22,323 posts

151 months

Thursday 20th May
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Evoluzione said:
I've actually had to write a blog article for certain car owners on how to read a dipstick. You would not believe the amount of conversations are held Worldwide on the difficulties of using one.
As it's a stick dipped into liquid in a pan it completely scuppers many people, If it had a mobile phone attached to it or an App they'd be happy.
A fair proportion of those folk will probably have had to try and read a BINI dipstick which is an impossibility!

Evoluzione

6,754 posts

213 months

Thursday 20th May
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I have no idea what a Bini is getmecoat but yes it's often model specific and I wrote about just one that was causing a lot of silly issues in that community.

I think a lot of the problems are not leaving the car overnight before doing it and also thinking that it's a precision instrument and absolute accuracy is needed.

The former is problematic in that A. The oil could be warm/hot and very thin, it then runs all over some dipsticks as you hold them horizontally to try read it.
Also B. The internals of a running engine are somewhat chaotic, oil gets thrown everywhere including all around where the dipstick is drawn from. If you've still got oil running down that place it's going to get smeared all over the stick when it's pulled out.

I do like the chaps idea of blackening the end with heat though, i'm going to look into that. Firstly by finding out what the grey metal is at the end. Might get a bit messy if it's aluminium....

Krikkit

22,323 posts

151 months

Thursday 20th May
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Evoluzione said:
I have no idea what a Bini is getmecoat but yes it's often model specific and I wrote about just one that was causing a lot of silly issues in that community.
hehe Sorry, BINI = BMW Mini. Specifically my experience with a 2nd-gen one trying to read the oil level (not even fresh oil) was a nightmare. It was one of those wire coil dipsticks, and the route out of the sump seemed to open the coils so all the oil wicked inside, leaving the outside sparkly clean.

Pastie Bloater

694 posts

133 months

Thursday 20th May
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fttm said:
Gas station attendants check the oil don't they ?
Just leave it for the MOT

rustednut

795 posts

17 months

Thursday 20th May
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Pastie Bloater said:
fttm said:
Gas station attendants check the oil don't they ?
Just leave it for the MOT
Oil level checked as part of MOT?

Not automatically .

SlimJim16v

3,751 posts

113 months

Thursday 20th May
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Krikkit said:
hehe Sorry, BINI = BMW Mini. Specifically my experience with a 2nd-gen one trying to read the oil level (not even fresh oil) was a nightmare. It was one of those wire coil dipsticks, and the route out of the sump seemed to open the coils so all the oil wicked inside, leaving the outside sparkly clean.
Take dipstick out, hold horizontally. Gravity will show you where the oil is.

Pastie Bloater

694 posts

133 months

Thursday 20th May
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rustednut said:
Pastie Bloater said:
fttm said:
Gas station attendants check the oil don't they ?
Just leave it for the MOT
Oil level checked as part of MOT?

Not automatically .
What do you think 'friendly' MOT garage means? hehe

rustednut

795 posts

17 months

Sunday 23rd May
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Pastie Bloater said:
rustednut said:
Pastie Bloater said:
fttm said:
Gas station attendants check the oil don't they ?
Just leave it for the MOT
Oil level checked as part of MOT?

Not automatically .
What do you think 'friendly' MOT garage means? hehe
Probably different to what you mean by it.

An MOT is not a service, or service related check. You may have a good relationship with your MOT station, but it is not a normal part of the test.

Scrump

15,607 posts

128 months

Sunday 23rd May
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rustednut said:
Probably different to what you mean by it.

An MOT is not a service, or service related check. You may have a good relationship with your MOT station, but it is not a normal part of the test.

untakenname

3,829 posts

162 months

Monday 24th May
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The dipstick on my WRX is very difficult to read, ended up scoring some crosshatching on the flat level reading part it so the oil sticks to it better and even then it's still quite ambiguous.