View Full Version : dipstick level, which side to believe?

Timber Wolf
01-07-12, 12:28 AM
Just as it says in the title, everytime I check the oil which side of the dipstick should I believe? One side will read one way and the other side, that faces the ground will show 1 or 1 lines higher. I've tried different places so I'm not convinced that it could be on unlevel ground. But I'm not sure which to believe.

01-07-12, 12:32 AM
It's not that critical. Split the difference.

01-07-12, 04:12 PM
Weird - If the dipstick tip does not protrude vertically into the oil it will read slightly higher on one side..........the "lower" side.

01-12-12, 12:08 PM
I used to twist/rotate the dipstick handle a couple times and then pull it - I guess that's the same as saying by "the high side"

07-27-12, 04:17 PM
I read it with printing on the handle right side up. is your stick straight , does it look like it was real hot once? I believe that at the add mark to max mark is only a little over a pint difference. Don't keep it on max,especially if its cool when you check it..level ground does not necessarily mean level block....theres my $.o2

07-27-12, 04:52 PM
It should be more than pint. Oil level is not THAT critical. When the oil level drops off the tip of the dipstick is when you will get the CHECK OIL LEVEL message and that is 2 qts low.

07-27-12, 06:48 PM
Let's see......... This thread has run for ...... ~7 months. As Ranger has posted, don't get anal over dipstick readings. Somewhere sort of maybe close to this level v v v is good - higher is not (Read the Technical Archive ^^^ way up)........

<==== ADD XXXXXXXXXX MAX ==============oo================================== ====O

On most Northstars, when the observed oil line falls to somewhere near the A in ADD it's about a quart low. If the tip <== comes out dry, you're 2 quarts low.

This is NOT rocket science, folks - it's simple semimonthly underhood checks. More frequently if you're on a speed run to the Coast/Keys/Mountains/Beach.