Reading the oil level on the dipstick

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Reading the oil level on the dipstick

Post by mrtailorson_ » Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:33 am

the oil levels are not clear to me.
what i actually see on my dipstick is that there are 2 combed areas on top and bottom. and 2 non-combed areas in between.
should the max level be when the oil reaches the combed area or should it fill the combed area? :?:

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Re: Reading the oil level on the dipstick

Post by Boroboy » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:09 pm

I usually fill mine just under the bulbus part of the dipstick. I always do a cold read too.
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Re: Reading the oil level on the dipstick

Post by Frostie36 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:41 pm

Boroboy wrote:I usually fill mine just under the bulbus part of the dipstick. I always do a cold read too.
That's incorrect according to the manual which states to check it after the engine has been off for between 5 to 10 minutes after the engine has reached normal operating temperature so that's how I always check mine.

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Re: Reading the oil level on the dipstick

Post by Shaky » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:01 pm

Frostie36 wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:41 pm
That's incorrect according to the manual which states to check it after the engine has been off for between 5 to 10 minutes after the engine has reached normal operating temperature so that's how I always check mine.
What is it with Vauxhall and their crazy procedures for summat as simple as checking the oil level ? :shock: Thirty years ago, you waited for the car to get cold, however long it took and then dipped the oil :roll:

My old Combo was the same. If you left it too long after a run to check the oil you would get a false reading, which in my case could be as much as half a litre over !!

Bloody crazy if you ask me........<vent off>
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Re: Reading the oil level on the dipstick

Post by mrtailorson_ » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:08 pm

okay so not the exact dipstick but close. it has those combed areas:

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should the oil level fill the combed area (right below the bulbous part)? or should it just reach up to it?
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Re: Reading the oil level on the dipstick

Post by Boroboy » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:51 pm

Frostie36 wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:41 pm
Boroboy wrote:I usually fill mine just under the bulbus part of the dipstick. I always do a cold read too.
That's incorrect according to the manual which states to check it after the engine has been off for between 5 to 10 minutes after the engine has reached normal operating temperature so that's how I always check mine.

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I'll stick with a cold read, done so for 30 plus years now. Never had any I'll effects.... :lol:
It's technically not incorrect. As long as the oil is within the low to minimum markers, then it's technically the correct level.
I've always found it easier to read this way, not having to re-dip either.
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Re: Reading the oil level on the dipstick

Post by Ivanzu » Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:40 pm

I check oil 30min after its been shut down.


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Re: Reading the oil level on the dipstick

Post by Crosseyxpower » Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:49 pm

mrtailorson_ wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:08 pm
okay so not the exact dipstick but close. it has those combed areas:

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should the oil level fill the combed area (right below the bulbous part)? or should it just reach up to it?
Just under the top combed area is where i refill mine.


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Re: Reading the oil level on the dipstick

Post by MOOGLEYS » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:13 pm

You should warm the car to operating temperature and then switch off and leave to rest for 30 mins on a flat surface then check the level. It should be between the two hashed (combed) markings on the pic above.

Remember to remove the dipstick and wipe and the re-insert and turn 90’ then remove for the reading.

The reason it’s done like this is after 30 mins the oil cooler still contains oil if you wait for the engine to cool it drains from the cooler and gives a false reading.


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Re: Reading the oil level on the dipstick

Post by mrtailorson_ » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:58 pm

my oil level reaches up to the half of the combed area.

too much oil?
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