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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-27-2013, 12:08 AM
 
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full

or ,

slightly above the lowest rust hole in the pan......

- at this point I usually stop changeing the oil too
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even tho must folks know it is between the hash marks...
maybe the next poll should be " how many actually
check their own oil and how often "
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That doesn't work. Anyways, at least once a week because nobody else will. More often if strange things are going on or off or both.

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I used to only check my oil a few times between oil changes and always right after I had it changed just to be safe until this summer when I had it in for other work and they told me it had an oil leak and was low. I topped it up and started checking it weekly, hasn't lost a drop since which makes no sense. I still check it once every week or 2.


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I used to only check my oil a few times between oil changes and always right after I had it changed just to be safe until this summer when I had it in for other work and they told me it had an oil leak and was low. I topped it up and started checking it weekly, hasn't lost a drop since which makes no sense. I still check it once every week or 2.
Sounds a little questionable. I've seen a few ways that shops "manipulate" things, in order to make extra cash. To stay on topic though, I check my oil at every fill up and when I wash the truck, as I usually clean under the hood too. And, I keep the level at half, to full, on the dipstick.


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I'll add
full means full

anything but full is .. low

full is an amount decided by the engineers
considered is , a cold start with no oil in the top half of the engine

once started the upper half has to be pumped up with oil

this results in a lower level in the pan once the engine is running

"full" also accounts for enough oil in the pan so that engine speed can increase , thus increasing the pumping speed of the oil pump

this results in more oil in the top half of the engine that must drain back down to the pan so that it can be recirculated again by the oil pump

so , if you keep the oil level below full you run the risk of actually pumping the pan dry in extreame cases and that means there's no oil going anywhere except through the drain back passages in the block

full also accounts for the oil sloshing around in the pan as the vehicle runs over uneven ground and the forces pulling oil away from the pump pick up as the vehicle turns corners or curves

so there's reasons for that "full" line

anything less is insufficient

and , slightly , slightly over full is better than under full IF it's not over full by more than the running , circulating volume of the oil passages after the oil pump
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