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Old 11-21-2001, 02:06 PM   #26
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"Inaccurate dipstick?"

Maybe. So here is what happened to me. And you can take it as true that I know how to check the oil level:-)

Dealer changed the oil at 3K, a couple thousand miles after that, I thought I would check the oil (coming from a 12 year old Honda, I got out of the habit of frequently checking oil levels between changes), it showed a quart low.

Hmm, I said. Drove it another day or so, knowing that 1 qt is not the end of the world and the dealer had changed the oil, so perhaps I was mistaken.

Called the dealer service to ask if he was absolutely sure they added the correct amount of oil. He said yes and "did I let the car sit over night?" No, I had not and never had with my other cars, he said "were they boxer engines with the pistons horizontal?"

Well, no, so I checked it a couple times after sitting overnight, still looked a qt low, so I bought a couple quarts and put them in the car, drove it on a 200 mile trip, checked it there and it still looked low, so I added a quart and it looked better.

Drove back home, checked the oil in my garage and it looked too high. Bummer, what the heck is going on.

It was time that I get the oil changed anyway, so I did that and the level looks OK now.

Then I read this thread about the angle of dipstick dangle may influence this 'smearing of the oil level line'.

Me? I am going to keep an eye on this oil level thing. I had initially thought about posting to this group to ask if there is anything about the boxer engine that makes checking oil level a little different and perhaps there is.

I just went out and checked my oil level, car sitting overnight. Note that the dipstick was pushed all the way in and the little picture on the yellow handle is facing right-side-up when viewing from the front of the car.

The level shows near the Low Mark on one side and in the middle between the Low and High Marks on the other side. The dipstick's 'left' side had the Low reading and the 'right' side had the mid reading.

I rechecked several times with the same results, varying a little and some oil smeared along the edges of the dipstick.

So, maybe there is something to this 'boxer difference', other than the incredible WRX acceleration.
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Old 11-24-2001, 06:04 AM   #27
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Old 11-26-2001, 05:05 PM   #28
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Ken, next time you check the dipstick with that screwy reading across the front, turn it around and there should be a clear line of oil evenly across the backside. I think it only smears one 'flat' side and not the other.
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Old 08-07-2009, 12:20 PM   #29
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I am having a hard time believing that this thread even exists anymore.
What a waste of server space.

There is no data consequential with reading it, and having read it twice out of sheer delight at the total nonsequitor that it is to what NASIOC has grown to represent in my life... I have to say that before anything else, I want to know that pointing this stuff out is going to make the server easier to deal with, ie., not keeping a near 9 year old thread with a Q,A,2 post thread that gets stickied or moved to "How To" with the requisite editing that anyone with time, a camera, and the real knowledge and data to be behind the panels of a Subaru ought to have.

This isn't to say that you guys (those who have posted to this thread, and the OP) don't know what you are doing, by now you have been behind the wheel of an Impreza for long enough to be able to field strip and improve during the rebuild, blindfolded... We don't know what ever happened to the dying EJ that started all this... so... since it's still here, somebody feel like finishing this thread or killing it off?
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Old 08-07-2009, 12:53 PM   #30
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What the heck were you searching for that you happened to find an 8 year old thread?
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Old 08-07-2009, 01:10 PM   #31
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whats interesting is that you decided to bump an 8 year old thread cause you wanted to know what the outcome was. Try a PM and let old useless posts like this die at the bottom of the pile.
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Old 08-07-2009, 01:19 PM   #32
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three isn't :faceplam: big enough to encompass the irony of a bumping this thread, for that rant.
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