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Old 08-06-2010, 10:00 AM   Thread Starter #1
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My question now is the following:

Is the engine oil level supposed to be checked when COLD or after being warmed up to operating temps then checked 2-3 mins later ??

Some people say cold, some people say it has to be pressurized so it has to be warm, wtf is the correct way to do this, damn 4cylinders are so much easier than this car lol.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:09 AM   Thread Starter #2
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Default Re: Oil Level Check

This is what the FSM says:
CHECKING ENGINE OIL LEVEL
1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and apply
the parking brake.
2. Start the engine and let it idle until it reaches
operating temperature.
3. Turn off the engine. Wait more than 10
minutes for the oil to drain back into
the oil pan.
4. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Reinsert
it all the way.
5. Remove the dipstick again and check the oil
level. It should be between the H (High) and
L (Low) marks sB . This is the normal operating
oil level range. If the oil level is below
the L (Low) marksA , remove the oil filler cap
and pour recommended oil through the
opening. Do not overfillsC .




HOWEVER the nissan service tech said cold ? so wtf
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Default Re: Oil Level Check

Cold before you leave in the morning for work check it out....all the oil will be settled and will be alot easier to check with these crap ass dipsticks nissan uses.
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Default Re: Oil Level Check

Originally Posted by daonlyillwiz View Post
My question now is the following:

Is the engine oil level supposed to be checked when COLD or after being warmed up to operating temps then checked 2-3 mins later ??

Some people say cold, some people say it has to be pressurized so it has to be warm, wtf is the correct way to do this, damn 4cylinders are so much easier than this car lol.
You're seriously overthinking this. It's no different from checking the oil on a 4 cyl car or any vehicle. If you want an accurate reading, what JMax said is correct. Check it after the car has been sitting around for a few hours.

You can also do a delta comparison, check it after driving, when the motor is hot, and check it the next day when the motor is cold, before driving and figure out the differential on the dipstick, this way you will always know the variance between hot and cold oil readings.

Makes sense?
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Default Re: Oil Level Check

Originally Posted by JMax05 View Post
Cold before you leave in the morning for work check it out....all the oil will be settled and will be alot easier to check with these crap ass dipsticks nissan uses.
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not only that but its more nice touching oil when its cold lmao when its hot burnnnn

also make sure its flat surface
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Default Re: Oil Level Check

lol makes sense of course but for the first time in my life i was told to check it when it pressurizes which didnt make much sense, thanks alot for the info guys.
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Only check the Tranny Fluid when the car is on.
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