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Old 12-14-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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Such thing as an oil level gauge?

I got to thinking and with all the oil problems our cars have, an oil level gauge and sensor would be useful. Does anything exist like that? I tried google but can't find much.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
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It's called a dipstick and it should be checked at least weekly.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:33 PM   #3
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It exists in a lot of European cars, especially BMW and Mercedes, which in turn do not have dipsticks. Oil level can be checked with a scan tool and the DIC will warn you of low oil level.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:41 PM   #4
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It's not difficult to pop the hood and check the oil level.

It's almost too lazy to instead want a gauge which would just be another sensor that could go bad.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:54 PM   #5
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dip stick reading on the llt has fooled a few ppl it not a simple read at times. if you have any doudt on a reading just change your oil better to be safe than 2qt over.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:57 PM   #6
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It's called a dipstick and it should be checked at least weekly.

every time you gas up the car in fact.

tire pressure should also be checked at the same time, as should all your exterior lights..


just sayin' that's how I was raised. you gotta stand around for 5-10 minutes while your car is drinking it's go go juice, so make use of the time and do your maintenance checks.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:28 PM   #7
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All of you people saying just read the dipstick, you must have never checked on this car. This one is quite tricky. Why deal with it if you could just check the sensor reading?

Someone look into this!
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:55 PM   #8
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It exists in a lot of European cars, especially BMW and Mercedes, which in turn do not have dipsticks. Oil level can be checked with a scan tool and the DIC will warn you of low oil level.
Yea my dad's 3 series BMW has that.


The dipstick is a little hard to read. Isn't the level suppose to be inbetween the Xs?
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Must be like checking the oil on a Nissan, no matter how many times you try it, the level is always different
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:46 AM   #10
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every time you gas up the car in fact.

tire pressure should also be checked at the same time, as should all your exterior lights..


just sayin' that's how I was raised. you gotta stand around for 5-10 minutes while your car is drinking it's go go juice, so make use of the time and do your maintenance checks.
I do this all the time...I give my car the once over every time it's getting gogo juice inside!
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:07 AM   #11
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It's not difficult to pop the hood and check the oil level.

It's almost too lazy to instead want a gauge which would just be another sensor that could go bad.
This isn't the issue...on another thread of mine I lost 5 quarts of oil in a month. I drive a lot at far distances at a time. A gauge would be good to monitor while driving
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:25 PM   #12
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Ahrens-fox fire engines in the 1920's had oil float guages- never touch a dipstick. Funny how 90 years ago they had a better idea!
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:45 PM   #13
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Never understood why GM just didnt let us check the oil with our DICS.
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I've always wondered if my dipstick was lying to me. I consistently hear about the LLT just "eating up oil" and stories of quarts lost here and there and all this being something quite common. Mine has always been fine and changed whenever the DIC reads 10% or 6000 miles, whichever comes first. How can the same car with the same drivetrain have such different reactions with engine oil. Driving habit can't be it cause I drive like a jackass.
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Never understood why GM just didnt let us check the oil with our DICS.
I'd rather not use mine
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Guess there are too many Dipsticks that don't know how to use a dipstick.

I never had an oil issue with my LLT and so far none with my LFX.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:17 PM   #17
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Guess there are too many Dipsticks that don't know how to use a dipstick.

I never had an oil issue with my LLT and so far none with my LFX.
Wow... douche
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:44 PM   #18
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My 04 Silverado 5.3 has one. One day on a long trip I stopped for gas and when I re-started got a message to check oil level. WTH? Yep, I was a quart low. First and only time I've seen it.
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It's called a dipstick and it should be checked at least weekly.
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It's not difficult to pop the hood and check the oil level.

It's almost too lazy to instead want a gauge which would just be another sensor that could go bad.
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every time you gas up the car in fact.

tire pressure should also be checked at the same time, as should all your exterior lights..


just sayin' that's how I was raised. you gotta stand around for 5-10 minutes while your car is drinking it's go go juice, so make use of the time and do your maintenance checks.
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I've always wondered if my dipstick was lying to me. I consistently hear about the LLT just "eating up oil" and stories of quarts lost here and there and all this being something quite common. Mine has always been fine and changed whenever the DIC reads 10% or 6000 miles, whichever comes first. How can the same car with the same drivetrain have such different reactions with engine oil. Driving habit can't be it cause I drive like a jackass.
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Guess there are too many Dipsticks that don't know how to use a dipstick.

I never had an oil issue with my LLT and so far none with my LFX.
Our dipstick in the Camaro doesn't read consistently I've been lucky with my engine, but I DO know it's been an issue with some. Don't know if the oil pressure gauge could give you a clue, but I keep a good eye on mine
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All of you people saying just read the dipstick, you must have never checked on this car. This one is quite tricky. Why deal with it if you could just check the sensor reading?

Someone look into this!
Thank you and they all probably stick a dip stick in the gas tank to find out how much gas they have too
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Wow... douche
It was a joke buddy....
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It's 2012. Please show me the average consumer checking oil level on a daily or weekly basis.
Unbelievable. Just because we love our cars and are old school doesn't mean everyone is and I sure as hell can assure you that the majority of the consumers of GM products will not check their oil regularly let alone periodically

And oil level gauge would be useful
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Just in case anyone is wondering...
The proper way to use a Dipstick, get the engine up to temperature, Park on a LEVEL surface, then shut it off, you should let it sit for about 5 minutes for the oil to drain back to the crankcase then pull the dipstick, wipe it off then stick it back in making sure it is fully seated then pull it back out if its between the top and bottom of the marked area it's fine. Below that add a quart.. It's foolproof if you do it that way.One thing I did notice on the LLT, sometimes it was easy not to get the dipstick fully seated and it would not show any oil on the end. I would recheck it again making sure it was fully seated and it always showed a good level then..
If you don't believe me then check this out: http://autorepair.about.com/od/regul...a/checkoil.htm

We already have other guages on the car that people don't trust, so why add another. I bet GM will still tell you the level guage is no substitute for a manual check, Just as they do with the tire pressure sensors. I know I would never trust my engine to a oil level guage alone...

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Thank you and they all probably stick a dip stick in the gas tank to find out how much gas they have too
TJ91, if you run out of gas your engine is still ok, if you run out of oil well thats another stiry....
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:43 AM   #24
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Thank you and they all probably stick a dip stick in the gas tank to find out how much gas they have too
Right? And there is a reason you don't use a dipstick to read gas, you need to know how much you have while you are driving. It is no secret our engines burn oil, I mean GM even had to issue a reprogramming for the OIL meter!

The same reason you need to know how much gas you have on the fly, is the same reason it would help to know the oil level on our engines. Especially considering they burn oil...

I personally check once every 1 to 1.5 weeks. It always varies on how much oil I need to add, if any. I'm human and I can't reasonably expect to always get an accurate measure. Especially on a car that is tricky to check. I also have to play a guessing game on how much I need to add.

Imagine you just check the dic and it gives you a number x.x/6.0 quarts?

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Just in case anyone is wondering...
The proper way to use a Dipstick, get the engine up to temperature, Park on a LEVEL surface, then shut it off, you should let it sit for about 5 minutes for the oil to drain back to the crankcase then pull the dipstick, wipe it off then stick it back in making sure it is fully seated then pull it back out if its between the top and bottom of the marked area it's fine. Below that add a quart.. It's foolproof if you do it that way.One thing I did notice on the LLT, sometimes it was easy not to get the dipstick fully seated and it would not show any oil on the end. I would recheck it again making sure it was fully seated and it always showed a good level then..
If you don't believe me then check this out: http://autorepair.about.com/od/regul...a/checkoil.htm

We already have other guages on the car that people don't trust, so why add another. I bet GM will still tell you the level guage is no substitute for a manual check, Just as they do with the tire pressure sensors. I know I would never trust my engine to a oil level guage alone...


TJ91, if you run out of gas your engine is still ok, if you run out of oil well thats another stiry....
Do you think you could make a video on that because none of us know how to check using the dipstick. And the highlighted part shows that you basically admitted checking oil on this car is easy to mess up. Sorry bud but I see no good argument against getting an oil gauge in the car and you basically are providing more reason to have one.

And out of curiosity, could you list some of these gauges on the car that people don't trust? All of mine seem to work 100% and even the TPMS are never more than 1-2 PSI off.
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Right? And there is a reason you don't use a dipstick to read gas, you need to know how much you have while you are driving. It is no secret our engines burn oil, I mean GM even had to issue a reprogramming for the OIL meter!

The same reason you need to know how much gas you have on the fly, is the same reason it would help to know the oil level on our engines. Especially considering they burn oil...

I personally check once every 1 to 1.5 weeks. It always varies on how much oil I need to add, if any. I'm human and I can't reasonably expect to always get an accurate measure. Especially on a car that is tricky to check. I also have to play a guessing game on how much I need to add.

Imagine you just check the dic and it gives you a number x.x/6.0 quarts?


Do you think you could make a video on that because none of us know how to check using the dipstick. And the highlighted part shows that you basically admitted checking oil on this car is easy to mess up. Sorry bud but I see no good argument against getting an oil gauge in the car and you basically are providing more reason to have one.

And out of curiosity, could you list some of these gauges on the car that people don't trust? All of mine seem to work 100% and even the TPMS are never more than 1-2 PSI off.
Lol right. I was just saying you HAVE to be sure you checked it correctly. It goes for any car. Not just the Camaro. If it shows low you always check it a second time making sure you get a correct reading that should be common sense.

About not trusting gauges, I've seen threads on here about people not trusting some of them... I never said they didn't work just some people don't trust them, oil pressure, temperature and the TPMS.
About the TPMS, in the owners manual it states "Please note that the TPMS
is not a substitute for proper tire maintenance, and it is the driver’s responsibility to maintain correct tire pressure, even if under-inflation
has not reached the level to trigger illumination of the TPMS low tire pressure telltale."
the same would go for any oil level sensor...

But whatever, whine all you want about an oil level gauge, like it or not, you don't have one so you better be checking your oil the old fashioned way....end of story.
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