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1.8 Dipstick levels - what are 'high' and 'low'? (merged)

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This may seem stupid, but the maual refers to the upper and lower marks on the engine oil dipstick the queston is which are the marks. Obviously mark 'C' is the lower level but is mark 'A' or mark 'B' the upper level?
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c =o. b=lower mark
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Picked up the manual and read it a little bit more and confirm as you say: B - High level, C - Low level.

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Checked my oil the other day, lovely clear colour. Hope it stays that way.

One thing, where are the markings?

I noticed 3 markings, hard to describe, but each look like they could be level indicators.

Where about is the minimum and maximum?

Any pictures or measurements for me to compare with mine?

I'm used to MIN and MAX printed on my dipstick, honda have forced me to think about this one, and it hurts!!
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The engine oil dipstick markings are the criss-cross patterns on the end of stick. Top off them is the full mark.
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See te thread here 1.8 EX DipStick
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was about to compliment you on remembering a post from that long ago Wooly - then realised why you had

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Damn there being no "undo" on the merge posts function!!
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yep - I found out (the hard way... ) sorry!

but I patched it up as best I could - do you think anyone will notice?


merge thread / merge posts.... d'oh!
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yep - I found out (the hard way... ) sorry!

but I patched it up as best I could - do you think anyone will notice?


merge thread / merge posts.... d'oh!
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ok, tanks for clearing tha up. oil is fine then. So the 3rd marking is nothing to do with oil level. Excellent.

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Urm...does anybody know how to read the 1.4-DSI dipstick?

It seems to have 2 "holes" in the dipstick, but my oil is way above the top hole, so it's not like they're man and min.
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It seems a bit late in the day to worry about how your dip-stick reads. If the engine is'nt knocking or smoking, you should be ok.
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Urm...does anybody know how to read the 1.4-DSI dipstick?

It seems to have 2 "holes" in the dipstick, but my oil is way above the top hole, so it's not like they're man and min.

The answer is on page 299 in my hand book.

It says the oil should be BETWEEN the upper and lower marks on a 1.4!

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To be honest, I didn't have time to go through the handbook, so I will do that. However I did check the index and it isn't in there! But cheers - I might get it looked at because it's quite a bit over the max, and I haven't put any oil in it!

The stealer said that knocking noise from the engine was normal!
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The stealer said that knocking noise from the engine was normal!
Had a knocking noise on Millie when I first got it.

It was my neighbour banging on Millie's roof, wanting to go for a ride.

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To be honest, I didn't have time to go through the handbook, so I will do that. However I did check the index and it isn't in there! But cheers - I might get it looked at because it's quite a bit over the max, and I haven't put any oil in it!

The stealer said that knocking noise from the engine was normal!
Well done Gav. Good to take a joke. But seriousely, if your unsure of the dipstick reading, always ask the Dealer, because you can overfill the oil, which can cause problems.
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Yup, cheers elfa.
I'm going to check the dipstick in about half an hour - once I go for lunch. As even last time I checked it the engine was slightly warm (although had been off for 3hrs). But when I last checked it, the measurement was about half over maximum.

To be honest, I never checked it before always thinking that the oil light would save me, until I found out recently that the light was a very last resort. (cheers Pottsy) I have never put oil in to the car and nobody else has either, so I can only imagine that the dealer did this on my last service, about 7 months ago! I haven't noticed any problems with the car, so hopefully I should be ok; but I think that there's still some havok to be played, especially if it has done any damage at all.
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too much oil = no good, as is too little oil.
if 1-2mm over the dipstick max level then i guess its ok. best to be at the max level.

drain any excess out.
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I'd say it's a good 4-5mm over max, not just a couple.
I would love to drain any excess out, but to be honest - wouldn't know where to start.
To the dealer it goes, just don't know when!
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Good idea to get some drained off.
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I'd say it's a good 4-5mm over max, not just a couple.
I would love to drain any excess out, but to be honest - wouldn't know where to start.
To the dealer it goes, just don't know when!
Another suggestion (from experience with my last Focus) could it have the wrong dipstick in it?

Mine read correctly after the first service and way over the top after the second (by a different dealer).
When I took it back the workshop foreman told me they put oil in by dialling up a quantity on a dispenser so that the actual amount in the car should be correct for that engine. He then found me the correct stick for the 1.8 and it read just right.

I guess I must have been running around with insufficient oil after the first service. The car's now got 103,000 miles on it so no damage was done.
Just waiting for my Civic to arrive to replace it.
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