Must wipe dipstick when checking oil?

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  1. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    I asked a company mechanic about this once. What I was told was the dipstick marks are set to read with the dipstick all the way down as far as it will go (WITHOUT) twisting. You don't insert it fully to check the oil.
     
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  3. HoneyBadger67

    HoneyBadger67 Road Train Member

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    I'd ask a dealership. I've learned the hard way not to trust many company 'mechanics'
     
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  4. InTooDeep

    InTooDeep Donner party survivor

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    Or the owners manual if the truck still has it.
     
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  5. heyns57

    heyns57 Road Train Member

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    My 1951 Jaguar XK120 roadster had a float in the sump and a gauge on the dash. I pressed a button on the dash before cranking the engine to read the gauge.
     
  6. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    I doubt in this case the information from a dealership will be any better. The best source is to just ask the engine maker! The carrier shops, as well as the dealerships, are all basically using the same material published by the Engine OEMs.
     
  7. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    What if we’re talking about an engine that sat all night without running?
     
  8. SmallPackage

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    Back in the 30’s-50’s on the first model H’s and into the NH’s Cummins offered a site glass in the sump pan to visually check oil level. Made with real brass and glass. Only one I’ve seen was on a Nh-180 in a ‘52 or ‘53 Sterling-White at a truck show.
    Not sure but I guess they wern’t to popular due to possible breakage. I have seen some older engines that have a retro fit dipstick in the hole in the pan were the site glass was instead of the usual block mounted plate above the pan.
     
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  9. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    The Mercedes trucks I drove over in Iraq had a self checking oil system.When you started it up a light would come on saying Oil Level Ok, or if it was low, it would say how many liters you needed to add to bring it up to full. And they were spot on too.
     
  10. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

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    Thats the way my dad’s Audi is. No stick to check. Just a readout on the dash.
     
  11. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    More technology to fail....

    Always a good thing. :rolleyes:
     
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