Hi all, the dipstick is pants on my 1.7cdti. Its black for a start, and the daft method of routing it round corners etc makes it pretty impossible to check once you remove it the first time to clean it off. The oil sticks to various points of it, making a reading pretty hard.
So, anyone got any tips for a reliable reading? I know the manual says check it hot, but when cold you seem to get a more reliable reading on (as the tube is pretty much drained clear and it doesnt pick any stray oil on the way up). But when checking it a second time it's then pretty difficult to tell.
I'm thinking of getting wire wool on the thing, to make it easier to see the oil against it.. but has anyone got any other ideas or techniques?
I'm 90% certain my engine is at least a litre or two over filled, but need to be certain before i drain it off.