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#1 Old 09-20-2010, 11:13 AM
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Dipstick question on '04

As you know the dipstick has 2 sides: one side with the L-H designation, and the other "blank" side.

After running it, letting sit for 10 mins, the "blank" side indicates it's full (i.e., if there were indicators on the blank side, the oil would read H). However, on the indicator side, it barely reaches L.

What is going on? How can one side of the dipstick be in oil, and the other side indicate adding oil? Is it because it is angled somehow in the crankcase?

Any insights on this? I don't want to run on low oil.
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Sounds like the stick is hitting the round guide hole and knocking some oil off. The MO stick design really needs a make-over. It always seemed to be a chore to get a good read on that.

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The MO has one of the hardest-to-read dipsticks ever devised.

Are you wiping the dip stick dry, reinserting it, then pulling it out for the reading?

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Yes, I've inserted and wiped it 5 times, still getting the same thing. Should I go with the reading on the blank side or the indicator side? I don't want to overfill it.

I agree - worst dipstick ever.
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The etchings serve two purposes - the obvious one is to mark the High and Low points, but the etching also serves to "catch" the oil and make the level more visible. I would ignore the non-etched reverse side.

Try this... turn the dip stick over when reinserting it. Are you getting the same result?

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Won't insert that way, already tried it. I guess I'll stick to the indicator side and hope for the best.
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The only reliable time to read the dipstick is a long time after the engine has been shut down. When I remember to check my oil, I do it in the mornings!

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our dipsticks SUCK, you can't ever get a good reading off of it unless you do it after its been sitting for a long time. I usually like to check while I'm at the gas station which is basically impossible with the murano.

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I wait a minute or so before putting the dipstick back in to recheck. The two sides are usually less than 1/4" apart when doing this. I fill until the high reading is to the full line which leaves the low side well above the low mark. I suspect that as you pull the dip stick out some oil is smeared somewhere along the path for the dipstick. Waiting allows the smeared oil to drain back down and decrease the chances of fouling up the readings.

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For the best accurate dipstick reading......Do it in the morning.

I also did a MO relearn............on myself ..........."stop checking at gas stations its pointless".

I still find myself doing it at times.

Maybe I have to do another relearn?
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In this day and age where we are able to measure the oxygen content in the exhaust stream you would think designers could come up with a reliable and inexpensive oil level gauge that could check the engine oil level just prior to turning over the engine.

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Whichever side of the dipstick has a solid oil reading that makes sense - use it that indication. The design sucks.

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Worst dipstick ever, and I've owned a lot of vehicles. The only way to get an accurate reading is by letting it sit overnight...
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As long as its been sitting for about 10 minutes, I have never had a problem reading the dipstick. Pull out, wipe, reinsert, pull out, read.

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Worst dipstick design ever...

I have to chime in here and agree full heartedly that this dipstick on my '04 MO is extremely frustrating to get a reading on.

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