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Old 12-14-2012, 01:52 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, 02:13 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, 02:33 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, 02:41 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, 02:54 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, 02:57 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, 03:28 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, 03:55 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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Old 12-14-2012, 05:23 PM   #9
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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, 06:46 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, 07:07 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, 05:25 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, 10:45 PM   #13
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Never understood why GM just didnt let us check the oil with our DICS.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:29 AM   #14
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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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