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    Reading oil dipstick

    Does everyone have the same problem as me? With a 2007 R30 2.2 litre turbo diesel, a lovely motor, there appears to be a built in fault. The dipstick tube wanders around the engine. Consequently when you try to read ithe dipstick you simply get the end bit you should read covered in oil from the dipstick touching the sides of the tube. I realise that a garage when servicing has no problem, they just dump all the old engine oil and refill with the appropriate amount in the technical book and job done. Us mere mortals, how do we accurately check the oil level?

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    GeeCee I think you are incorrect. I’ve had a few vehicles in which the dipstick tube “wanders”. Oil being viscous sticks to the dipstick (there is no oil in the dipstick tube unless you have overfilled). So what you see on the dipstick is accurate. For your info at an oil change the refill is by the dipstick, not measured amount - unless the sump pan is removed there is always some oil left in.
    If the oil filter is changed then after refill by dipstick the engine is run until the oil light goes out - when the filter has refilled, then check and top-up.
    Jon
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      #3
      @CeeGee. I think you are incorrect. I’ve had a few vehicles in which the dipstick tube “wanders”. Oil being viscous sticks to the dipstick (there is no oil in the dipstick tube unless you have overfilled). So what you see on the dipstick is accurate. For your info at an oil change the refill is by the dipstick, not measured amount - unless the sump pan is removed there is always some oil left in.
      If the oil filter is changed then after refill by dipstick the engine is run until the oil light goes out - when the filter has refilled, then check and top-up.

      Important checking dipstick - pull out dipstick, wipe clean reinsert dipstick pull out and read. Always wait 5 mins before checking or the reading will be low as oil is still in the top-end!
      Jon

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        #4
        Ah, thanks for that very clear information. On checking around 6 times, wiped clean beween, each time I have got the same result. The plastic end of the stick that is thrust into the sump has 2 grooves around it, one for high and one for low oil level. One side of the plastic is smooth but the other side is knurled i.e. has knobbles on it. I have discovered that the oil consistently sticks to the knobbles showing a clear level but on the other side without the knobbles it prefers to smear all the way down the plastic fitting. A little confusing but then I am paranoid about oil level having had a garage wreck my 30,000 mile car engine (car worth £3,500) 4 years ago by forgetting to put oil in it before returning it to me!
        I won't go into the saga except to say they refitted another (wrong type) engine that another garage later claimed had done at least 100,000 miles. And they left the wiring harness laying unclipped on top of the exhaust (honestly) plus the wrong engine mounts allowed the engine/gearbox to rock backwards and forwards 6 inches! The steering box etc. was also wrongly fitted with the wrong bolts. I took all sorts of advice, none of which would reimburse me. The average motorist has absolutely no recourse, even the AA and RAC were not interested without a hefty payment up front.The best advice from a garage was to polish it within an inch of its life and sell it to "We buy any Car". I did that and they bought it and promised they would only sell it at trade and not to an impoverished student. Thanks again for your re-assuring advice.

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          #5
          Just shows you need to hang on to a good garage when you find one. I found one in the middle of nowhere 7 miles from my house. They know how to do welding, they know what 25 thou and 15 thou are for. They also know how to re-interpret the lies that the computer tells. The boss told me the other day that when they do a DPF regen the dense black smoke from burning off all the carbon fills their entire parking yard and the villagers run indoors. Makes you think doesn't it? The DPF reduces pollution in that it collects the carbon from the diesel exhaust so people don't have to breathe it in. Then when it needs cleaning, all the carbon that would have been dispersed into the atmosphere gradually, is dumped in one two minute session. So what is the reduction in carbon emissions? Nothing.
          We're here for a good time, not a long time.

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            Deleted.

            I was getting my wires crossed between DPF and EGR!

            I should know better than trying to comment on anything technical.
            Last edited by Artoo0; 02-08-2020, 21:07.
            Geoff

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              #7
              Then there is the AES, and the AMS and the ATM. All necessary in a modern motorhome.
              We're here for a good time, not a long time.

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