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Old 04-08-2008, 09:49 AM   #1
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Default Dipstick impossible to read?

I know I am not the only one to think about this, but on my 07 STI the dipstick is impossible to read. I will let the engine get hot, wait a couple hours, or sometimes check it after it sat overnight. It just doesn't have a very solid line like every car I have owned before. Then one side of the dipstick always reads way higher than the other side? I know it isn't me here guys, any tips?
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Old 04-08-2008, 09:52 AM   #2
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Same Problem Here
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:05 AM   #3
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That pisses me off as well...
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:41 AM   #4
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Same here this is a common gripe with many Suby owners from what I've seen.
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:49 AM   #5
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there is a way of doing it..

After it has been sitting for long enough, remove the dipstick and clean it off..

When reinserting the dipstick, stick it in slowly about 85% of the way in , then for the last 15%, jam it in quickly and pull it out just as fast....

Now you should have a clealy visible indication of your oil level..

Seems a little brutal, but it works everytime..
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:50 AM   #6
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I will try that then, see how it works.
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:52 AM   #7
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there is a way of doing it..

After it has been sitting for long enough, remove the dipstick and clean it off..

When reinserting the dipstick, stick it in slowly about 85% of the way in , then for the last 15%, jam it in quickly and pull it out just as fast....

Now you should have a clealy visible indication of your oil level..

Seems a little brutal, but it works everytime..

I have tried that and this works for me as well
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Old 04-08-2008, 02:30 PM   #8
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Here's another trick: take some fine grit sandpaper and score the lower end of the dipstick (up to the hot-high level mark). You don't need to shave it down, just make sure it's a rough surface for the oil to adhere to. Make sure you clean off the shavings before you reinsert .

I did this on my STi and it actually made a line at the oil level, rather than the smear that the unmodified dipstick showed. Voila, an accurate dipstick!
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Old 04-08-2008, 03:08 PM   #9
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you can always take out the dip stick and paint it with caliper paint or engine paint let it dry and take white or some other color make some lines ..but right under the little hole punch is the filled mark...
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:32 PM   #10
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The dipstick sucks!
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:44 PM   #11
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I took a file and made hash marks on one side of the dipstick. It is VERY easy to read now.
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:43 PM   #12
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i filed some hash marks in mine too....and basically do a best of three dips with the technique stated above
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:49 AM   #13
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i filed some hash marks in mine too....and basically do a best of three dips with the technique stated above
I am not running the 2.5L engine, but I do have the 2.0L with twinscroll which shares the same oil pan. I have the same problem, and sometimes I have to pull the stick after wiping off up to 3 times before getting a reliable reading.
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:27 AM   #14
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Default What works for me...

After engine is good and hot, shut the engine off and immeadiatley remove dip stick, let sit for a couple of minutes, than reinsert the dip stick and check the oil level.

Works every time perfectly. I usually check whille I'm filling tge gas tank.

Rich
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ps.I found this technique somewhere in an old post in this forum.
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:56 PM   #15
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what foch said, remove dipstick and wait 4-5 minute for the oil to come down the dipstick tube, then insert and remove quickly, it should show a nice line.
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:08 PM   #16
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Think postive, at least Subarus come with oil dip sticks. Most bimmers don't have oil dip sticks anymore, except for the M series. Say hi to the BMW stealerships for oil changes and top offs.
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:29 PM   #17
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^^^yeah but the changes and top offs are free for 50000 miles. Also they will pick you up wherever you are and give you a loaner to do an oil change. My buddy just bought a 335xi and he loves it! He went to that from and evo. Sorry to hijack the thread.
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