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      04-19-2009, 08:36 PM   #1
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335i engine oil level question

My i-drive showed 4 green blocks when I checked my oil level instead of the maximum of 5. I also checked using the stalk on the steering wheel and the dash display showed a little less than the max line (a little to the left of the word "max"). I added almost a quart with no change. I am afraid to add more for fear of over filling. any advice would be helpful.
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How many miles? what's your driving style? Don't add any oil unless you are prompted to by the car. At 5000 miles my car told me to add a quart, I didn't add a full quart I went in 1/4 quart increments then checked again.

It's pretty normal for new cars to burn a bit of oil, especially cars with turbos. I wouldn't add anymore oil since you're not running low. Just to be safe, keep a quart in the trunk inside of a sealed bag.
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Did you just pour it in and check it right away? Or did you drive it before checking the level again?
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I always pour, drive and check (when the car has reached it driving temp) - that's what I was taught. That is why I would only pour 1/4 of a quart at a time. I do this on all of my cars. If I'm wrong, please correct me.
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I always pour, drive and check (when the car has reached it driving temp) - that's what I was taught. That is why I would only pour 1/4 of a quart at a time. I do this on all of my cars. If I'm wrong, please correct me.

if a low oil warning come one in our cars that generally means to add a quart. but you are correct in filling it and then driving, as the car takes a little while to adapt to the level and give a correct readout
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Whatever happened to the OP - I hope he got some insight to his issues.
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