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Question about dip stick ?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by hawkman, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Dec 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM
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    hawkman

    hawkman [OP] Well-Known Member

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    When I change my oil, I check the level, but there is NEVER a clear cut on the dip stick, there are traces of oil 10 to 12 inches up. I put 5.5 quarts so i know its not over filled...this happens repeatedly.What the *%#@????
     
  2. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:07 PM
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    KPT

    KPT sees what you did there.

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    Try roughing it up with some sandpaper. Makes it a little easier to read.
     
  3. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:10 PM
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    rbeezy

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    mine does that also... but there will always be one side that will show the clear cut of oil
     
  4. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:12 PM
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    Mine is tough to read too. I have to let it sit overnight to get a decent reading and it will still be smeared up the stick but I can usually make out the line.
     
  5. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:24 PM
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    Aside from the sandpaper idea, I've also heard of taking a file and putting little notches in one side to help "catch" the oil which supposedly makes it easier to read. I might try it before I change the oil next month.
     
  6. Dec 30, 2010 at 5:36 PM
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    thanks atleast i know im not alone on this one...
     
  7. Dec 30, 2010 at 11:45 PM
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    I took a file and put criss cross lines on mine and it seemed to help. It's a bastard to read if you don't mod it.
     
  8. Dec 31, 2010 at 1:00 AM
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    Yea, I go through hell trying to read mine as well, I will give the sandpaper thing a try, if that doesn't work time to get out the file.
     
  9. Dec 31, 2010 at 1:07 AM
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    Yup, it's a PITA to try and get a good reading from the dipstick. Took me 10 mins to get a good reading after I did the first oil change. Might try that sandpaper/filing idea.
     
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