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#1 11-08-05 20:32:58

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when to check oil

do you check when the engine is running.  when its warm or cold?

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#2 11-08-05 21:13:11

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Re: when to check oil

Engine off. You are measuring the oil in the sump (sort of an oil tank where the oil rests at the bottom of the engine). Cant measure it when its whizzing around the engine. Check it cold or you may burn yer fingers (engine oil gets very hot).

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#3 12-08-05 15:15:39

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Re: when to check oil

I was just thinking this the other day, whats the point of the DSA suggesting we check our oil every time we fuel up (Essential skills pg 268) when it takes at least 15 mins or so to get all the oil to drain into the sump to give an accurate reading?
Just waiting for someone to do this, ie switch the engine off, look at the dipstick straight away, add a couple of litres of oil and blow every gasket in the engine at 70mph, then sue DSA.

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#4 14-08-05 21:33:33

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Re: when to check oil

thanks so best to do it tomorrow morning before i go out anywhere then.


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#5 16-08-05 06:32:39

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Re: when to check oil

Kinda helps if your car is on or near as dammit on the flat as well. Reading oil levels on a 1 in 3 (33%) gradient might be a bit misleading


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#6 19-08-05 23:50:06

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Re: when to check oil

""do you check when the engine is running. when its warm or cold?""

Check the handbook, Some vehicles need to have the oil checked when its hot and fully expanded because there is a danger of overfilling when cold checks are done and this is critical to some engines.

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