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Old 01-08-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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2012 Oil level on Dip Stick

Just finished my first oil change added 6 quarts and ran it for five minutes let it sit for five and my oil level is at half way up the cross hatch. Is this normal? Or should it hit the top of the cross hatch? Manual say in the zone but looks to be a 1/2 q low.

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Old 01-08-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
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6qts w/filter. If you drive it for about 10min. and let it sit overnight and then check it you should be fine. 5 min. isn't enough. Overnight might be overkill but you'll absolutely know.

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BS. It shouldn't need to sit that long. There have been reports of dipstick issues. Have it checked out.
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:28 PM   #4
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BS. It shouldn't need to sit that long. There have been reports of dipstick issues. Have it checked out.
How is that BS. What's the harm in running it, letting it sit and then checking it. If the reading is low, then maybe he does have a dipstick issue given that 6qts were added with a new filter. I've never gotten a true and accurate reading after sitting for 5min. in any vehicle I've had except in the old cast iron V8's. Like I said, it's overkill but what's the harm in checking it after an overnight sit. The dealer probably won't address it otherwise. That's what their techs seem to do when there is that type of complaint. How do I know; I was in a Chrysler service dept. when one of those complaints came in. Sounded reasonable to me.
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Just finished my first oil change added 6 quarts and ran it for five minutes let it sit for five and my oil level is at half way up the cross hatch. Is this normal? Or should it hit the top of the cross hatch? Manual say in the zone but looks to be a 1/2 q low.
Seems normal to me.
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How is that BS. What's the harm in running it, letting it sit and then checking it. If the reading is low, then maybe he does have a dipstick issue given that 6qts were added with a new filter. I've never gotten a true and accurate reading after sitting for 5min. in any vehicle I've had except in the old cast iron V8's. Like I said, it's overkill but what's the harm in checking it after an overnight sit. The dealer probably won't address it otherwise. That's what their techs seem to do when there is that type of complaint. How do I know; I was in a Chrysler service dept. when one of those complaints came in. Sounded reasonable to me.
There is no harm, but after 5 minutes the oil has settled all that it's going to.
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:10 PM   #8
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There is no harm, but after 5 minutes the oil has settled all that it's going to.
I have to disagree because in both my Rubi and YJ that's not the case. Especially in the YJ it seems to take a few hrs. before it settles to an accurate reading on the dipstick. I guess we can agree to disagree on this one.
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There is no harm, but after 5 minutes the oil has settled all that it's going to.
That's just not true, if that were the case when you changed your oil the pan would be bone dry in 5 minutes but it drips for a long time as the oil drains back to the pan and out the drain. Oil is designed to cling on surfaces, it takes time to drain it all back to the pan. I agree 5 minutes will get you a good enough reading but not a "exact" reading.
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Trust me, 1/2 quart of oil will not be "clinging" somewhere in your engine and not reading on your dip stick after 5 minutes, especially when it's warm.
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Mine was same after first change. Down half. I always thought the ground i checked on was fairly level. My other cars never had issue. Checked at gas station and its fine. I think the dipstick is overly sensitive to even a smallest slope forward.
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I don’t care for the dipstick in mine. It is a cable with lead, or something similar, cast on the bottom. I prefer the flat steel type. I’m not sure when they started changing them, but the cable type is hard to read, especially if you overfill it.
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I was on flat ground all my other cars read fine. After a few hours still showing 1/2 way.
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As I stated earlier, this is not the first report of an issue with the 2012 dipstick. Have it checked out.

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