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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 11:00 PM
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engine oil dipstick reading

Hi All!

I've been out of action for sometime now. Anyhow, I recently had the 1300 samurai engine rebuilt by a mechanic. Now I discovered that when i do a dipstick reading, one side of dipstick shows one quarter and the other side shows three quarters of engine oil.

Any idea what's going on? Dipstick scraping somehting in the oil pan? As far as I can see, the dipstick tube is not bent.

I don;t wanna go back to the mechanic as yet to ask him to tear the oil pan out just to find out and also not certain if he can fix it on the spot as I badly need to use the sammy for commuting

Thanks

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Re: engine oil dipstick reading

When you put the dipstick in and it reads "1/4", does the dipstick go all the way in? Check the bottom of the dipstick tube where it goes into the engine to see if the bolt that holds it in place is properly tightened (or even there!).

Also, are you referring to the two marks on the dipstick? If so, those marks indicate the range of oil level that is acceptable. If the oil goes over the top mark you have too much oil. Below the bottom, you need to add oil. So, if the dipstick is showing the oil level between the marks, everything should be fine!

I hope this helps!
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Ack,

Thanks for the reply.

Yup! I am referring to the two tiny holes on the dipstick. I know that the one nearer the tip is Low level and the one nearer the top is Full level.

Thing is that the oil reading is showing
- one quarter mark above low level on one side of dipstick and
- 3 quarter mark a above low level on the other side of dipstick

So are you telling me that I've to remove the oil pan to look for sure?
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Re: engine oil dipstick reading

Mine does the same. Use the lower mark so you will need to add oil to yours. Any way If you are over a little bit that is ok. Also use top of the line oil. No .99 cent crap
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Re: engine oil dipstick reading

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Ack,

So are you telling me that I've to remove the oil pan to look for sure?
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Nope. All you have to do is look down on the front of the engine where the dipstick tube fits into the oilpump on the front of the block. It's on the left side of the crank at the bottom of the pump housing. There is a metal tab on the tube where a bolt fits and holds the tube in place.

Looks like someone else posting here noticed this situation and has not had problems with it.

Time to stop worrying and be happy!

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Metor,

How does Chemlube Engine oil sound to you...... [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: engine oil dipstick reading

I am not familiar with Chemlube Engine oil. Is it synthetic? I would also use a synthetic oil like Royal Purple. That Is what I use. The better the oil the longer your engine life will be. But if your engine dumps oil just use cheap oil till you rebuild.
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