Checking Motor Oil Levels

ggalvJanuary 2, 2007

I have a 1996 Honda Accord Lx. When checking the motor oil level should it be checked when the car is hot or when it has it cooled off? Thanks

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Does not make much difference. Either way is OTAY.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 10:21PM
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I have a 2002 Intrepid with the 2.7. I have to check it cold, after sitting over night. If I check it after it has been running, it will show 1/2 qt low. This could possibly come into play on other engines also.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 11:29PM
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My belief is that the truest reading is taken after the engine has been run and then been off for a short period. Oil that is pumped from the pan through the engine has a little time to run back into the pan.

However, the difference between readings should be less than the "hatched" range at the full level, so as Semper Fi said it really doesn't matter that much.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2007 at 8:42AM
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The Toyota manual I have clearly states the reading should be taken 5 minutes after the engine has been turned off.

My Peugeout dipstick has two markings : Hot and Cold.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2007 at 9:13PM
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"My Peugeout dipstick has two markings : Hot and Cold."

Interesting! Too bad the hot mark never gets used on a Peugeout since they don't run long enough!!!

Sorry... the emotional scars are showing. My dad used to LOVE those things. I think I was adopted! :-)

    Bookmark   January 12, 2007 at 11:37PM
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