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Old 05-20-2003, 04:02 PM   #1
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Angry Cannot get an accurate oil level!

Is it just me or do you guys also have a problem of trying to check your oil level using the dipstick?

It is just that even if I let the car sit totally overnight, it still doesn't give me a clear reading on the first try. Basiclly if I took the dipstick reading truthfully, I have an entire crankcase full of oil and my engine should have died a loooong time ago.

Any suggestions? I am running synth...

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Old 05-20-2003, 04:37 PM   #2
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dont ya get two different readings if the oil is hot or cold...just like tire pressure i would think
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Old 05-20-2003, 04:41 PM   #3
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I had the same problem with bad readings from the dipstick. I found though that by turning the dipstick around I was able to get a more accurate (and believable) reading.

That's just about all I can come up with.. Good luck

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Old 05-20-2003, 06:28 PM   #4
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You always pull the dipstick, wipe it off, put back in and then pull it out and do the reading.
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Old 05-20-2003, 10:19 PM   #5
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Thing is, I do that and it is still messed up, ah well I will try what yorick said...

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Old 05-21-2003, 12:21 AM   #6
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...this drove me crazy for a year and a half. We have the same car, by the way. After the first oil change, there always appeared to be too much oil in the motor. Sparing you the complete-with-moaning saga...

Try this and see what you think:

If you think where you park your car is level, check the oil dead cold (overnight).
Put the car in the same spot but facing the opposite direction and check the oil dead cold (overnight).

And/or:

Find another spot that looks to be level. Check the oil with the engine warm. Put the car in the same spot but facing the opposite direction and check the oil.

I bet the levels change on the dipstick when the car is facing opposite directions on what appear to be level surfaces.

Remove a small amount of oil and see how much difference shows on the dipstick.

See if you think a small amount of oil and/or levelness show a lot of oil movement on the dipstick.

I found that the level was difficult to determine when it was toward the twist, but easier to read when closer to the notch and "full" hole.

...uh, I'm assuming to begin with that the guys aren't putting in one or two quarts more than the manual calls for.

Turning the dipstick in the tube to get a reading you like may not be the way to go. Check up on it.
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Old 05-21-2003, 12:25 AM   #7
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I've got the same problem. Maybe it's a MY02 thing?






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Old 05-21-2003, 07:21 AM   #8
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I used to run a shop, it's a Subaru thing. My old Legacy would read different after almost every start-up.
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Old 05-21-2003, 07:52 AM   #9
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My 99RS does the same thing

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Old 05-21-2003, 09:56 AM   #10
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Default reading oil level is a bear, but here's a tip

Whenever I check the oil level, the oil seems to smear up the edges of the dipstick, and it makes sort of a U shaped edge of oil on the dipstick... I take the oil level to be where the bottom of the U is.

Why did they have to make the dipstick dark colored? The dipstick on my old POS Saturn was silver colored, and it was *much* easier to read the oil level when the contrast was high like that. I'm seriously thinking of painting my dipstick bottom just so I can get better contrast... anyone have any suggestions on how to do that so I won't get flecks or chips of paint loosening off of the dipstick?
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Old 05-21-2003, 02:11 PM   #11
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To obtain an accurate check of the oil in your engine you can:

1.) Drive the car around until the engine warms up.

2.) Park on a flat surface, turn off the engine and let it sit for 5 min.

3.) Pull dipstick, wipe, reinsert, then check level.

Always works.
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Old 05-21-2003, 03:23 PM   #12
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Not necessarily...


Dipstick on my car is always OFF...I know how to check oil.

its not about warming it up or it being level etc...

It has to do with the fact that in general the dipsticks on Subarus are just off...

It always looks like I have too much oil in my car, or its like a smear on the stick when I pull it out...
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Old 05-21-2003, 03:26 PM   #13
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Instead of painting, couldn't you just sand off the dark color anoidizing? (sp?)

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Old 05-21-2003, 05:20 PM   #14
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Default Checking oil

I usually take the oil dipstick out, wipe it off, and insert it backwards to read my oil. Also, I find it really hard to check it after the oil is warm, it wants to smear. I usually check my oil in the morning after all the oil has drained back into the drain pan overnight. Also, after I change my oil, you might as well forget checking the oil level. Its so clean, and smears, and you have to start your car to let the oil run into the filter, its just a pain. I just add the recommended amount and check it the next morning.

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Old 05-21-2003, 09:08 PM   #15
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All I do for an oil change is fill the oil filter (.5 qts) save the rest for next time

and then add 4 qts to the engine.

Works for me!

Bun damn if I cannot check my oil level. I forgot to try it last night with turning it around.

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Old 05-21-2003, 09:16 PM   #16
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Hmm, mine always reads at the same spot.
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Old 05-22-2003, 11:59 PM   #17
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1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and stop the engine.
2. Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, and insert it again.
3. Be sure the dipstick is correctly inserted until it stops with the
graphic symbol on its top appearing as shown in the illustration.
4. Pull out the dipstick again and check the oil level on it. If it is below
the lower level, add oil to bring the level up to the upper level.
CAUTION
Use only engine oil with the recommended grade and viscosity.
If you check the oil level just after stopping the engine, wait a few minutes
for the oil to drain back into the oil pan before checking the level.
Just after driving or while the engine is warm, the engine oil level
reading may be in a range between the upper level and the notch
mark. This is caused by thermal expansion of the engine oil.
To prevent overfilling the engine oil, do not add any additional oil
above the upper level when the engine is cold.

http://my.subaru.com/vehicle/Manuals..._imp_sec10.pdf
page 7 of 55.
Try that, and report back. I was getting odd reading, but then I followed the proccedure, (note the part about making sure the dipstick is pointed properly) and now I'm getting consistant readins.
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