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Old 01-17-2018, 07:24 PM   #1
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Okay...

This shouldn't be this freaking hard.

Is the dipstick really and truly useless on the V8's?

It just seems to produce a sloppy smear that'll tell you if there's any oil in there or not, but as far as figuring out how low it is, good luck, just count how many quarts you poured in. Have I just gone so soft and stupid I can't accomplish basic tasks anymore or is this a normal thing?
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Old 01-17-2018, 07:44 PM   #2
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It's a sealed unit, good for the life of the car.

To make it last longer, redline the motor as soon as you start it in the morning.
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Old 01-17-2018, 07:56 PM   #3
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It's a sealed unit, good for the life of the car.
To make it last longer, redline the motor as soon as you start it in the morning.
Excellent idea, makes awesome noises in any case.
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Old 01-17-2018, 08:16 PM   #4
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Who's the dipstick now?
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Old 01-17-2018, 08:36 PM   #5
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TBH, it's not just Volvo/Yamaha

I've had the same thought about the LS3 dipstick I used on my swap - the rivets on the back side of that stick give a good reading, but not the hash marks that would seem obvious. The engine also drank oil like crazy before I swapped the truck PCV for the LS6 style, so it would get low over time and not be obvious on the stick.
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Old 01-17-2018, 09:02 PM   #6
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My S80 V8 does the same thing. It also goes in stupidly. Still better than my Audi which had no dipstick. I hated that.
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Old 01-17-2018, 09:37 PM   #7
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Mine is clean and reads fine 08 90v8, only 60k though
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Old 01-18-2018, 12:34 PM   #8
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Mine is clean and reads fine 08 90v8, only 60k though
Mine is 09 with 76k, I'm calling PnP to come and crush it. Do you take your measurements on a dead cold engine first thing in the morning or what? This just seems like the dipstick tube/guide/whatever gets a good squirt of oil and it's not obvious how to draw the stick out cleanly.
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Old 01-19-2018, 12:45 AM   #9
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A vehicle so new they don't want you in there. You might see that there are really hamsters in there after all.
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:03 AM   #10
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Give it a few wipes and you'll eventually see the level.

Can't think of the last time I've used a dipstick for actually checking the level of fluid vs just making sure some is in there, haha.
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From memory here, I believe the dipstick passes through the cylinder head, and its open in that area. So if you don't pull it out really centered, you get the crappy reading. I pull, wipe, retest, probably three times before I'm satisfied with the reading. I also find that typically the unmarked side of the dipstick is easier to read (just transfer reading to the other side)
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:48 PM   #12
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I check mine when I fill up. Never had an issue with reading the level on it, reads clean and fine every time.

I'm blaming the operator in your case. Only logical explanation. Or you have that special BMW engine with all the crud and it's carrying over to your dipstick. Also a very logical explanation.
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My wife had a Ford Escape (the Mazda one) with a dipstick more worthless than yelling into the tube and hoping to determine the level with echo location...wonder if Yamaha stole that part back in the SHO days.
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My 2005 Nissan Murano V6 is the same way. The dipstick is almost impossible to read unless the engine has been off for quite a while.
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From memory here, I believe the dipstick passes through the cylinder head, and its open in that area. So if you don't pull it out really centered, you get the crappy reading. I pull, wipe, retest, probably three times before I'm satisfied with the reading. I also find that typically the unmarked side of the dipstick is easier to read (just transfer reading to the other side)
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I typically check ours before the lady leaves in the morning after it's had time to sit overnight and drain fully, that way you get the most accurate reading. Whichever side of the dipstick that comes out and is facing "down" will usually get you the best reading. Or just wait a while for the oil to drain and then you'll know for sure. On a fresh fill just keep track of how much you've put in I think it's something like 7qt?

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My 2005 Nissan Murano V6 is the same way. The dipstick is almost impossible to read unless the engine has been off for quite a while.
My Boss has an '05 V6 Murano that I do the maintenance on.. it takes about a half hour or better for the head to drain enough to get an accurate reading. No idea why mfg'ers chose to start routing dipsticks through the engine as opposed to a tube coming off the pan..
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