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Old 11-21-2012, 09:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This looks a stupid question, but I don't understand the difference between what I see on the dipstick and Owner's Manual.
On the dipstick the oil level is little under the top hole, that is way on top of the Min/Max part.

On the Owner's Manual the top hole is very close to the Max level part.

So my question is, how I check the oil level on the dipstick? It need to be between the holes only? Or I need to consider only the part with all the stripes?

Here a picture with the comparison of the two.
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That's weird. In general, you wan't it in the crosshatched area, but if it is below the hole you should be okay. As long as it isn't above the hole or below the crosshatched area, you're fine. Just remember oil pan capacity is 5.5 qts.
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Duratecs can hold 6 qts and just be inside the max mark. Ask Spridget.
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I believe that. It just says 5.5. It's always sold in 5 gallon jugs, I just pick up two 5qt jugs... Then I slowly add more before I change the filter next since I am leaking oil out.
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Ok, good for the capacity, I will replace the oil in the next future, the oil is only 2000 miles old.

My concern now, is the difference between the dipstick and the draw on the Owver's Manual. You guys that have the same dipstick of mine what you do to check the oil?

Here a picture of the dipstick from the car.
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The hatched area is for NORMAL oil level, min and max, like in the manual. Is the level adequate for engine from horizontal to the maximum incline driving specified for the car.

The top hole is put there so it will "catch" oil if the level is way too high, it is signaling the HIGH ALARM level (when oil might start frothing because is touching the crank counter-weights. Is valid for car at horizontal level.
The bottom hole is there to catch the LOW ALARM level.

If your oil level is as shown, between the MAX and top hole, it might start frothing if you drive on steep inclines. On level driving is OK, might lead to slightly increased work on the pump.

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I agree with sonic. Don't worry about it, that level looks normal. I'm 800 miles away from my car right now or I would pull the stick and let you know what mine looks like, I honestly can't remember. Your level is fine as long as it is below the hole. Don't worry about it being overfilled.
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The hatched area is for NORMAL oil level, min and max, like in the manual. Is the level adequate for engine from horizontal to the maximum incline driving specified for the car.

The top hole is put there so it will "catch" oil if the level is way too high, it is signaling the HIGH ALARM level (when oil might start frothing because is touching the crank counter-weights. Is valid for car at horizontal level.
The bottom hole is there to catch the LOW ALARM level.

If your oil level is as shown, between the MAX and top hole, it might start frothing if you drive on steep inclines. On level driving is OK, might lead to slightly increased work on the pump.
^ This. As long as it's between the two holes you're okay.
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Mine is just a touch over the max line when hot IIRC; over 5k on the oil so far, hasn't burnt or leaked any noticeable amount. That oil level should be fine.
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By the way, when is the best time to check oil level? Right after turning off the engine, or let it sit for a while?
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