how do i check oil level without a dipstick?

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how do i check oil level without a dipstick?

Postby farmhouse » 03 Aug 2011, 14:37

i have a major oil leak . . but the incorrect dipstick? what is the procedure here?

any help much appreciated.
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Re: how do i check oil level without a dipstick?

Postby Ian Hulley » 03 Aug 2011, 14:58

Engine type ?

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Re: how do i check oil level without a dipstick?

Postby California Dreamin » 03 Aug 2011, 16:22

Obviously cure the oil leak BUT.....carry out an oil and filter change (warm engine and drain until there is just a slow drip) then refill with the exact 'specified' quantity (look in your Bently/Haynes/or use Brick Yards info section).
Making sure you are on a flat surface run for 1 minute, stop for 1 minute then dip and MARK the dipstick using the obtained level as MAX.
If you wanted to obtain a minimum mark you could then drain out 500ml (any excess back into the engine) run for 1 minute, wait for 1 minute then dip & mark....this would get you your acceptable range.


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Re: how do i check oil level without a dipstick?

Postby Ian Hulley » 03 Aug 2011, 19:47

California Dreamin wrote: carry out an oil and filter change (warm engine and drain until there is just a slow drip) then refill with the exact 'specified' quantity (look in your Bently/Haynes/or use Brick Yards info section).


IF it was a 1.9DF,DG / 2.1 DJ,MV,SS waterboxer (and let's assume that it is) then that would be 4 litres of MINERAL 15w/40 for minimum and 4.5 litres maximum ... including filter change.

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Re: how do i check oil level without a dipstick?

Postby farmhouse » 05 Aug 2011, 11:18

yes it is a 1.9 diesel [not turbo] but don't know exactly from which vw it came . . .

so would the quantities you provided, ian hulley, be correct for that engine?

thanks for the info guys!
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Re: how do i check oil level without a dipstick?

Postby Ian Hulley » 05 Aug 2011, 11:27

farmhouse wrote: so would the quantities you provided, ian hulley, be correct for that engine?

thanks for the info guys!


Sorry I don't know enough about d****ls to comment, try the guys in Alternative Engines one will definately know.

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