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Reading the Oil Dipstick

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by wingspar, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Oct 12, 2011 at 6:35 PM
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    wingspar

    wingspar [OP] Well-Known Member

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    If I check my oil first thing in the morning before I start the rig, I can pull the dipstick out and read it, but my habit is to pull the dipstick out, wipe it off, reinsert it, pull it out and read it. If I do that with my new 2011 Tacoma, every time I pull the dip stick out, except for the first time, the oil covers the dipstick for several inches above the full mark. I’ve never had a vehicle that did this. It is impossible to read the oil level once I pull the dipstick out more than once. Is this normal for this engine?
     
  2. Oct 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM
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    wingspar

    wingspar [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I’ve checked oil in hundreds of vehicles over the years, and I’ve never seen this before. Oh well.
     
  3. Oct 13, 2011 at 5:51 PM
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    saugus

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    yeah it sucks.
     
  4. Oct 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM
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    jsutter

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    I agree. I think it is because the dipstick has to bend at an odd angle before it makes it into the engine/pan. Every other vehicle I have dealt with the dipstick just goes strait in and does not bend.
     
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