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      02-23-2011, 11:55 PM   #1
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I just had my oil changed...

And it's down one notch when check it after driving it home. Is this something I should worry about?

I'm afraid if I go back and they top it off, they will over fill it. Isn't a little less oil better than too much oil??
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Yep it can be flaky at times, check again tomorrow. BRING BACK THE DIP STICK.
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I knew this might start the dip stick debate...
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Go Dipstick Go!!!
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There is no debate, everyone but BMW wants it.
Actually there is one person that thinks that the e-dipstick is just fine. I respectfully disagree.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...light=dipstick
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Actually there is one person that thinks that the e-dipstick is just fine. I respectfully disagree.

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We have to remember that 99.9999% of the population never checks the dipstick and 99% couldn't find it on a car with a dipstick.

Checking oil levels was less important in the days of 3k oil changes but it becomes vital with 15k intervals.

Remember that the "full" is really immaterial. What is important is knowing when you are reaching critically low levels and the "e-dipstick" is intended to do that.
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We have to remember that 99.9999% of the population never checks the dipstick and 99% couldn't find it on a car with a dipstick.

Checking oil levels was less important in the days of 3k oil changes but it becomes vital with 15k intervals.

Remember that the "full" is really immaterial. What is important is knowing when you are reaching critically low levels and the "e-dipstick" is intended to do that.
I didnt even know my car didnt have a dipstick. I feel like a bit of a dipstick.
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InB4 derailed thread and [more] dipstick jokes.
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We have to remember that 99.9999% of the population never checks the dipstick and 99% couldn't find it on a car with a dipstick.

Checking oil levels was less important in the days of 3k oil changes but it becomes vital with 15k intervals.

Remember that the "full" is really immaterial. What is important is knowing when you are reaching critically low levels and the "e-dipstick" is intended to do that.
I agree, most people don't check their oil, but a low level light would have sufficed. If it worked pefectly I would love it too, but it does not read the correct level of oil all the time and that makes me feel uneasy. As the cars get older more people will complain about this.

I would also like to know, not the hard way, if the senor fails altogether will it tell us so on the dash?
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I agree, most people don't check their oil, but a low level light would have sufficed. If it worked pefectly I would love it too, but it does not read the correct level of oil all the time and that makes me feel uneasy. As the cars get older more people will complain about this.

I would also like to know, not the hard way, if the senor fails altogether will it tell us so on the dash?
Good point. Is there backup? Had a sensor fail on a Yamaha outboard and fried the engine.
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My question was: If it's one notch low; is that ok?
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I agree, most people don't check their oil, but a low level light would have sufficed. If it worked pefectly I would love it too, but it does not read the correct level of oil all the time and that makes me feel uneasy. As the cars get older more people will complain about this.

I would also like to know, not the hard way, if the senor fails altogether will it tell us so on the dash?
There is a low level indicator. It comes on when you are down a quart.
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My question was: If it's one notch low; is that ok?
It's ok BB, I just had mine changed and was in the workshop under the car with the Tech. I watched him put 8.4 litres back in my engine and it still read one notch low.

He said it would be fine and anymore might overfill it, which was a lot harder to rectify.

I'd say you'll be fine
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Yes - if you are down one notch it indicates you are within tolerance. When I had a dipstick and changed my oil I would always shoot for somewhere between half full to topped off. If you add more you could easily overfill - so I would wait until you get down to 3/4 low and add half a quart (as the indicators typically show you 1 Litre from the bottom of the graphic to the top).

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My question was: If it's one notch low; is that ok?
Yes probably.

But if you're as paranoid as me why not pick up a quart from the dealer and then add it yourself 1/4 bottle at a time until the e-dipstick shows full again? $7-8 seems a pretty small price to pay if this is going to keep you up at night.
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I can't imagine having it one notch low would cause any harm at all. Even if the car were a quart low, you'd be fine as long as oil levels didn't continue to fall. That's what I'd watch more carefully.
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Cool. Thanks!
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My question was: If it's one notch low; is that ok?
Why would you ask here? If you get the wrong answer, then what? Try the owners manual.
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My question was: If it's one notch low; is that ok?
In iDrive? Yeah man. As long as the bars are green. It should say "Engine Oil Level O.K." or something.
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Out of curiosity, what are the consequences of overfilling the oil? Obviously never tried it myself so dunno what it would do.
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