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Oil on the dipstick

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Shawns Lawns, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 638

    How do you guys tell how much oil you have i changed mine and the oil is so clean that i have a hard time telling where it is on the dipstick? When its dirty it is not a problem but i like to check mine daily and i have a hard time to see it on the shiny metal. Any ideas??? :waving:
  2. BigChaz

    BigChaz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    Hold it on its side and turn it in the light and you should see a differant glare where the oil level ends.

    Make sure you run the engine first and measure on level ground
  3. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    It would help to have a flat black dipstick wouldn't it? I changed mine yesterday and had the same problem.
  4. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,701

    That's what I do, works well.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    erm... I check mine after the engine has been sitting, overnight is awesome. I never run it first if I'm just checking oil level.
  6. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,128

    The best time to check the oil imo is when the engine is cold. That way you don't have the oil hot and up the dipstick. That will give you an inaccurate reading. Also as mentioned make sure it is on a level surface and sort of put it at an angle in the light to see where it is.

  7. BigChaz

    BigChaz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    He said he just changed it, so usually I let it run to get it dispersed

    Just checking it, yea doesnt matter much

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