Oil Checks

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Hi,

When you check the oil on a car are you supposed to do it when the engine is hot or cold, checked mine about 3 weeks ago was on max, just checked it now (engine been on 5 mins) was in the middle??
 
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but seriously

ideally check when cold/warm and after the engine has been sat for a few mins to allow the oil to settle
 
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ideally check when cold/warm and after the engine has been sat for a few mins to allow the oil to settle

Exactly. If you check it immediately after turning off you're going to get a bit of a shock :p.
 

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Having the oil on the max marker isn't generally a good thing though. There should be a little 'notch' described in the handbook which is the optimum level.
 
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Adz said:
Having the oil on the max marker isn't generally a good thing though. There should be a little 'notch' described in the handbook which is the optimum level.

Pretty much every car I have owned has has Max and Min, nothing else. Keeping it on Max is fine, overfilling it is not such a good idea.
 
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Read your handbook becuase every car is different. Oil level on my Mondeo for example was checked from cold yet the 530i must be checked when warm approx 5 minutes after turning the engine off, on a full moon only when the day is a Wednesday.
 

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Read your handbook becuase every car is different. Oil level on my Mondeo for example was checked from cold yet the 530i must be checked when warm approx 5 minutes after turning the engine off, on a full moon only when the day is a Wednesday.

I just rely on the computer to tell me when I'm out of oil ;)

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Pretty much every car I have owned has has Max and Min, nothing else. Keeping it on Max is fine, overfilling it is not such a good idea.

Sorry I lie, there isn't a notch, I'm thinking of the notch for min/max. There is however a diagram in the handbook telling you where the oil level should sit between those notches, at least on the cars I've owned :).
 
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read the owners manual. Mine states the engine oil should be checked after the engine has been running and been switched off for approximately 5 minutes to allow the oil to drain back into the sump.

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