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Old Dogger 05-09-2013 11:03 PM

Why don't we check our engine oil level?
 
I have seen threads where a Member drains his oil and only finds two, or three quarts in the drain pan. Others the low oil pressure warning system is activated caused by low oil level. Some hear a rapping, or ticking sound while driving down the road and guess what, the engine is low on oil.
I have always checked my oil level once a week. Why is that so hard to do, or at least check it when you fill up with gas. Worst case scenario once a month.
We all have a major investment in our Wranglers and how hard is it to check your oil level? If your slow it takes no more than 5 minutes of your time too protect your investment.:banghead:

I'm sure that nobody will respond to this one, but hopefully, it will help you to see the light!:thumb:

Jared66 05-09-2013 11:21 PM

I'll respond! I agree with you. I check my oil every second full up at the pump. It's habit. And or before any kind of trip or outing. If I'm wheelin or doin a trip anywhere I want everything topped up. So thus I check it quite often. I don't get how some people dony ever check it. They'll learn when their engine blows up.

Lowerumble 05-09-2013 11:22 PM

Going to check it in the morning! :thumb: Thanks for the kick in the seat cushion.

Y-Guy 05-10-2013 12:00 AM

Read about the oil issues in the Jeeps so far since owning it I've gotten in the habit of checking it every Sunday when the Jeep gets it's weekly fluff & buff. Until I see if there is a pattern of oil loss I'll keep checking, same as air pressure. Only takes a few minutes to be proactive.

JKjingle 05-10-2013 01:03 AM

I should definitely start. I guess because its got so many sensors and computers I thought it would tell me if its low :p

JEEPDON 05-10-2013 04:05 AM

If the dipstick had electronic buttons on it (Like for text messaging) they could do it, but since it doesn't; it is too big of a chore!!!!! :D n u cant abbvt puling dpstk!!!

Riccochet 05-10-2013 06:50 AM

Chrysler should have stole the tech from Mercedes for oil level checks electronically. My last benz would check the level before each start up. I could then view the level on the center display. Then again, the benz had no dipstick.

Txrdstr 05-10-2013 06:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Old Dogger (Post 3739834)
I have seen threads where a Member drains his oil and only finds two, or three quarts in the drain pan. Others the low oil pressure warning system is activated caused by low oil level. Some hear a rapping, or ticking sound while driving down the road and guess what, the engine is low on oil.
I have always checked my oil level once a week. Why is that so hard to do, or at least check it when you fill up with gas. Worst case scenario once a month.
We all have a major investment in our Wranglers and how hard is it to check your oil level? If your slow it takes no more than 5 minutes of your time too protect your investment.:banghead:

I'm sure that nobody will respond to this one, but hopefully, it will help you to see the light!:thumb:

Because with modern technology you shouldn't have to worry about loosing enough to make a difference in 3-5000 miles between changes!

dhdad 05-10-2013 06:55 AM

I'll chime in. Checking the level has proved very important on my wife's 2007 JKUR but, so far, insignificant on my 2013 JKUR. Running 5w30 Syn in both and in 7K miles my 2013 used maybe half a qt. Still check it but not as frequently as my wife's.

TOK 05-10-2013 07:11 AM

I haven't owned a car that burned oil since the $300 81 Ford Escort I had as a teenager.

This is my first Chrysler, guess I better get in the habit. :whistling: :D

Strokerswild 05-10-2013 07:34 AM

I have yet to have a newer car use any oil between changes.

That said, I usually check mine every 1,000 miles out of curiosity....

michiganadam 05-10-2013 07:46 AM

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Originally Posted by TOK (Post 3740505)
I haven't owned a car that burned oil since the $300 81 Ford Escort I had as a teenager.

This is my first Chrysler, guess I better get in the habit. :whistling: :D

if you dont check the oil how do you know if its burning oil or not....

C.L. 05-10-2013 07:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Riccochet (Post 3740467)
Then again, the benz had no dipstick.

Dipstick in a Benz:
http://cdn.carsuk.net/wp-content/upl...on-SLS-NYC.jpg

michiganadam 05-10-2013 07:57 AM

So a while back i saw an old farm truck from the 20s. Had a float in the oil pan with an oil levrl gauge inside the cab, just like the fuel gauge.

They had the technology in the 20s.,..wtf...

J33P4M3 05-10-2013 07:59 AM

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Originally Posted by C.L. (Post 3740572)

LOL, good one.

hair2831 05-10-2013 08:08 AM

I check mine once a week. 5 minutes. Better to be safe than sorry. I have a lot of money tied up in my Jeep. I want it to last as long as possible and perform at its best for years to come.

jkjeeper06 05-10-2013 08:25 AM

I check mine once every other to every 3 weeks. Mine never really burned much oil till I switched to synthetic so I'm going back to Dino oil after this. I've never had I add more than a tiny bit to be safe but I always like it at the top of the safe zone so when it burns its still safe.

Speaking of new technologies. My friends mom just bought a new A4. The thing is burning over a quart a month and the dealer is trying to claim it as normal. That's a perpetual oil change at that point. Just screw a new filter on every 10k and just keep adding oil

kk2800 05-10-2013 08:33 AM

I have only had my Jeep for six months. Been checking the oil every 1-2 weeks. It hasn't used any yet.

Riccochet 05-10-2013 08:34 AM

Leave Jeremy Clarkson out of this. :) He hates Piers Morgan just as much as the rest of us. lol

PecosRiver 05-10-2013 08:45 AM

I owned a trucking company and I got into the habit of checking the oil daily. When you have to replace a Mack truck engine because of sloppy pretrip checks, you tend to be anal about the needs of your vehicles.

The driver that was sloppy cost me $10,000+ for his stupidity and the freaking union wouldn't let me fire the ass.

jkjeeper06 05-10-2013 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by PecosRiver (Post 3740719)

The driver that was sloppy cost me $10,000+ for his stupidity and the freaking union wouldn't let me fire the ass.

Can you make him leave on his own? Like give him all cheap crappy loads until you "trust" him again? And that point will never come? I'm sorry that sounds like a very uncomfortable situation

PecosRiver 05-10-2013 08:55 AM

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Originally Posted by jkjeeper06 (Post 3740730)
Can you make him leave on his own? Like give him all cheap crappy loads until you "trust" him again? And that point will never come? I'm sorry that sounds like a very uncomfortable situation

All from a previous life and business. What I did do was refuse to sign the renewal forms upon the end of the contract with the union and they pretty much decided that striking and picketing a company with 2 employees was not worth the effort. Both drivers quit within 6 months to move to union companies and my problem was gone.

Over the years it was proven that I could do both guys jobs more efficiently and without help, but the 13 hour days just about killed me in the process.

Oh yeah, it was a garbage company and the union was Teamsters and while I couldn't hire scabs to do the work, as per the contract, I could do the work myself and they could take no action, legally.

Timt97 05-10-2013 09:16 AM

Checking the oil I do. What about the other fluids? Diffs, radiator, manual trans... Not sure what to look for there or any other scheduled changes...

legitposter 05-10-2013 09:37 AM

Some people don't even check the oil level when they pour quarts in during an oil change. That silly DIY site which will remain unnamed even has a tutorial that involves dumping quarts in without using the dipstick.

With that kind of lazy "it'll be ok" mentality these days I don't see how those people can put in the extra time to check periodically.

But I agree with the OP... You spent a ton of $$$ - protect it!

TOK 05-10-2013 10:35 AM

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Originally Posted by michiganadam (Post 3740568)
if you dont check the oil how do you know if its burning oil or not....

Because after years of driving crappy cars, I did check it... Once every couple weeks, then once a month, then once every couple months, then just a couple days after I change it to make sure the level is right.

My 99 Tacoma is the first brand new vehicle I ever bought and it *still* doesn't use any oil between changes.

SilverSport 05-10-2013 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by legitposter (Post 3740877)
Some people don't even check the oil level when they pour quarts in during an oil change. That silly DIY site which will remain unnamed even has a tutorial that involves dumping quarts in without using the dipstick.

With that kind of lazy "it'll be ok" mentality these days I don't see how those people can put in the extra time to check periodically.

But I agree with the OP... You spent a ton of $$$ - protect it!

If I know my vehicle takes X number of quarts to reach the full mark on the dipstick and I put those X amount of quarts in, I don't need to pull the dipstick to get a warm fuzzy feeling that I added the correct amount. The fill amount isn't going to change.

Miser 05-10-2013 11:00 AM

I check the oil level and coolant in both of my vehicles every Saturday morning. Also check it before off road runs and highway vacation trips and also when I return.

As to why some others don't, well that's anybody's guess. My guess would be that they have never been taught that it's a good idea to do so.
I HOPE THAT THOSE OF YOU THAT DON'T CHECK YOUR OIL, AT LEAST WILL THINK ABOUT DOING IT AFTER READING THIS THREAD. It may save you a lot of money down the road!

JTPhoto JK 05-10-2013 11:14 AM

See now this makes no sense. No one says you have to check oil because you have a bad engine Or you shouldn't have to check because its a new vehicle.
What if you have an oil change and the filter leaks? or the tech forgets to put oil or the drain plug in..
What if you catch a rock in the oil pan and it creates a leak?
What if you rupture a transmission line or tranny pan?
What if you take a stone in the rad?

Are you going to wait til something fails before you check your fluid levels.

WAKE UP PEOPLE THIS IS COMMON SENSE AND RESPONSIBLE VEHICLE OWNERSHIP!!!!

Jeeps_and_Boats 05-10-2013 11:43 AM

What? There isn't an app that can do this for me?

*sigh

JEEPDON 05-10-2013 11:53 AM

Way too many people have never learned what "assume" does to you and me!!!!!!! And they then "assume" that the oil level is OK!!!!


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