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Dip stick oil burnt into it / Normal?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rzimm001, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Dec 27, 2011 at 8:46 AM
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    rzimm001

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    Never seen this before on my dipstick, but I rarely check the dipstick as I perform regular oil changes (Q5,000) and know the exact quantity to put in. So what's the story with the burnt oil on this dipstick?? Should I be concerned? I wiped the stick with a towel before I took the picture.

    Oil changes: Every 5k
    Oil Type: Mobil 1 synthetic (0-30) which is compatible for vehicles requiring 5-30.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Dec 27, 2011 at 8:48 AM
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    I haven't seen that either. I'm interested in the outcome.
     
  4. Dec 27, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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    Any unusual driving this time? It looks like your oil got nice and toasty. Do you get your oil analyzed?
     
  5. Dec 27, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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    Some internet searches said that crusted oil on the dipstick is a coolant leak. I'm not sure I'd call the oil burn on my dip stick "crusted" but that's what I've come up with so far. I've never seen the engine overheat and of course the prerunner has an oil cooler. :confused:
     
  6. Dec 27, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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    I go to the desert and let the engine wind out here and there, but I don't redline it or anything like that. I usually wheel in 4th gear (auto trans)
     
  7. Dec 27, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    I have not had the oil analyzed.
     
  8. Dec 27, 2011 at 10:10 AM
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    you dont even look at the dipstick???!!!! :eek:
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    a little confident are we? :cool:
     
  9. Dec 27, 2011 at 10:16 AM
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    Just a guess, but it looks like the oil got a little low, you ran it hard and the oil got hot. I would definitely check it more often going forward. And send a sample into Blackstone on occasion to get your oil checked.
     
  10. Dec 27, 2011 at 10:19 AM
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    Clean it off and see if it comes back. I wouldn't worry about it myself.
     
  11. Dec 27, 2011 at 10:22 AM
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    I've seen similar on other vehicles I've owned, but it's normally further up on the dipstick towards the handle.
     
  12. Dec 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM
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    If 5 quarts comes out, and 5 quarts goes back in, what else is there...

    Of course I checked the dipstick the first time I used that quantity just to make sure it filled up the oil pan. After that I never bothered. Plus the dipstick sucks anyway. Can't hardly read them on these 2nd gen tacos. I used the sandpaper mod today just for the heck of it.
     
  13. Dec 27, 2011 at 2:53 PM
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    I was wheeling at high speed and bouncy terrain a couple weeks ago. Maybe the oil was sloshing pretty bad and that caused it...

    Changed the oil today since I'm at 5k. Purrs like a kitten. As you said, probably nothing to be too concerned over.
     
  14. Dec 27, 2011 at 4:47 PM
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    mine takes 5.5 quarts......
     
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    iirc mine has it, but i never look at my dipstick
     
  16. Dec 27, 2011 at 4:51 PM
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    x2 haha..manual states 5.5qts

    i doubt lacking .5qts will make any differences
     
  17. Dec 27, 2011 at 5:12 PM
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    Well I did my 5 quart oil change today and sanded the dip stick. Here's pics of the front and back side. I don't know wtf to make of this dip stick other than there appears to be plenty of oil.

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  18. Dec 27, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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    Maybe the stick was not inserted all the way allowing hot oil/vapor to vent???
     
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