Idea that came to me the other day

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by greenred, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 916

    Run this idea by you guys. I find it really hard to read the oil level in a engine right after a oil change. Have you guys ever thought about just adding some simple food coloring to the oil to help make it more visible on the dip stick?

    Good? Bad? Dumb?
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    I color the end of the dipstick with a black permanent ink marker, I don't know how long it stays on (customer's units) but it makes the level readable at the time.
  3. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,090

    I use magic markers also. I don't care how long it lasts. Customers rarely check the oil.
  4. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    I will have to try that. You would think they would come black from the factory if it helps.
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  5. SLR

    SLR LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,210

    ALL engines should come with those see thru glass windows,like on the Yamaha 1986 TT225 dirtbikes!
  6. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,322

    Originally Posted by jkason
    The difference between a Technician and a Mechanic - A Technician uses a book, the Mechanic is just a parts changer.

    - Technician uses a book .. and after that Mechanic changing part
    : )))))
  7. BillWil

    BillWil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    I drill a small hole in the dip stick at the full level. That way if the hole is filled with oil it is at the correct level.

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