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    Electronic dipstick - wide variations

    Today, I ran out and got some Mobil 1 in a hurry, as the electronic dipstick suddenly started flashing on the bottom of the range. Odd. A couple of days ago it was only one bar down.

    Drove to Halfords (Esso garage didn't have any). Tested the level again - was up a block!

    Got back home and let the engine cool - it was up another block! (ie just one block down again).

    So... is the electronic dipstick that sensitive to parking angle and temperature? (At a low reading, nose was up slightly. At high reading, tail was up slightly - and I mean only slightly. Carpark rainwater runoff slightly.)

    I'm topping up a little now, but am a tad frustrated. What's everyone else's experience with the level meter?

    Re: Electronic dipstick - wide variations

    At 1200 ks had exactly same issue, checked level three times on a flat surface & waited 1 hour in between, twice showed me 2 bars down & once 1 bar down, so went off to find mobil 1. Put in enough to fill 1 bar, waited another hour then enough to fill second bar = full. 500 ks more & is showing as full as it gets, so I think I may have overfilled which is not good according to manual. A bit sceptical now.

    Re: Electronic dipstick - wide variations

    I've only put in about 250mls. Top bar is now lit. I'll see how it goes. Gimme a real dipstick!

    Re: Electronic dipstick - wide variations

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    wtsnet said:
    Gimme a real dipstick!




    Nah! If you had a real dipstick and were to anally check it as frequently as you do your electronic display, you'd find the same discrepancies.

    Real dipsticks get peoples hands dirty, so they check less frequently, and only add oil when they really need to.

    Relax. Observe the level, and only add oil when the level seems to be consistently below the halfway mark. On long journeys, carry a liter can of your favorite brand in the trunk, in case you cannot get it easily.

    (Boy, I wish I could practice what I preach, instead of getting nervous when that oil gauge starts jumping about! )

     
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