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      03-21-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Oil level when cold

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Decided to check oil level after the car has been sitting in the garage for a couple of days. Bit surprised to see it half way between min and max.

As my car never uses oil since I've owned it and the oil was changed in dec I took it for a drive.

After the drive and after waiting 10 mins like the manual says it was back to read pretty much on max.

If anything I thought on cold it would overread as the oil drains into the sump. Curious to know why it's the opposite of what I thought.

It is 0c outside now and oil is cold but I didn't think thermal expansion was an issue?


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      03-21-2013, 06:54 PM   #2
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Likewise, this confused me too.

This car is the first that I've had with this strange phenomena :-/
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      03-21-2013, 07:04 PM   #3
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Looks like I will be experiencing this phenomenon soon - Getting a Fabia vRS for the Good Lady, and it seems the 1.4 litre twincharger fitted to it has a (un)healthy thirst for oil, and with a total capacity of 3.6 litres, with a litre of this showing on the dipstick. Procedure is to get it up to an oil temperature over 80 degrees (it does have an oil temperature gauge!). Stop the engine (!) and wait for 10 minutes before dipping. Hers will be a later type engine, so hopefully we won't get oil usage issues.
From reading on the Forums, dipping the oil can be a random affair! With her motoring use, I'll have to take the car out for a run just to check the oil . . . But 180bhp from a 1.4 is motorcycle type power!! so it won't be too much of a hardship!

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      03-22-2013, 04:21 AM   #4
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Mine doesn't even tell me the level till its warmed up
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      03-22-2013, 06:01 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Josh1a1h View Post
Mine doesn't even tell me the level till its warmed up
The same in mine. It takes quite a while after the engine is warmed up before the clock stops running and it shows the level.
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mine will read after 5 mins saying max and after a drive tells me I need to add 1 litre.
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      04-10-2013, 10:24 AM   #7
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Mine normally says max but sometimes will show half way between min and max. Never understood why.
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