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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-12-2017, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Checking oil level, cold or warm

When do YOU check oil levels, cold or warm engine. I usually let it warm up, then let it 'settle' for a few minutes before checking. I've read all kinds of opinions and curious what yours are.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-12-2017, 06:50 PM
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I believe that as long as the oil has settled back into the pan, you should be OK, and if you consistently check it under similar conditions. For example, check if in the morning in your garage, before you start it up. That way, you are at the same incline and same oil temperature.

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For my readings.
in the morning. After its sat overnight....
So the oil has plenty of time to drain down.
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For my readings.
in the morning. After its sat overnight....
So the oil has plenty of time to drain down.
X2. That's when I check mine also.

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I check once a week Saturday mornings when it is cold, but also check at the gas station when I fill so warm.

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When they did the oil consumption test they let it settle for 5 mins before they read the oil dipstick.
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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-16-2017, 05:02 PM
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When they did the oil consumption test they let it settle for 5 mins before they read the oil dipstick.

I used to close the hood and drive it for 5000 miles but now it uses a little oil


maybe a quart in 2500 to 3000 miles


can I get new rings and pistons from chevy ?


it only has 263k miles on it................
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I used to close the hood and drive it for 5000 miles but now it uses a little oil


maybe a quart in 2500 to 3000 miles


can I get new rings and pistons from chevy ?


it only has 263k miles on it................


Send your name, address and VIN to:

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You will receive the rings and pistons in 4-6 weeks - but must install them yourself.
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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-18-2017, 02:09 AM
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30 years of driving, I never check the oil level. I've always just changed the oil myself at regular intervals and eyeballed what came out in the pan. That's my "dipstick".

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I check oil bi weekly on the under 100k motors. My Malibu at 170k gets a weekly check along with the quick under hood visual scan.
Usually when cold when everything is down in the pan.
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