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    dipstick not registering oil levels

    went out checked oil yesterday before setting off to nottingham car oil dipstick reading no oil in car, went out bought 5 litres come home put it in drove to nott's got there fine, parkedfine, left fine! started in morning blue smoke oil reading there is about 2ce the amount there should be? does anybody know why it could have been reading as there was no oil or what the hell i can do with this car as it use's a hell of a lot of oil as it is also what is recomended suggestion for the best way to drain some excess oil out? im thinking sump but anyone know anything easier?

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    So did you put 5 litres of oil into the car when it was below the min on the dipstick???

    Theres only a 1L difference between the minimum and maximum mark on the dipstick so even if its off the bottom its still not gonna take much more than a ltr.

    If you have put that much in jack the car up, undo the sump plug and drop some out. Then top it back up to the right level. Having that much oil in your car will break it pretty quickly
    It would definitely go better with an engine in it

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    Sump plug is the only way.

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    if theres 4 markings on the dip stick which is the best mark to be on for the car?

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    The top one is 'full' so if you top up, use this one.

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    i decided that the best idea is to get aa out to it as i dont have any tools so it makes life easier.

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    Were you on a hill? I know it sounds obvious but (can't believe I'm admitting this) I spent two hours panicking, reading about how a car could use so much oil so quickly, what could be wrong, blah blah. It wasn't until I drove to Halfords bought new oil and dipped it again (before putting the new oil in luckily) I found it had all magically come back. A short think and a loud groan later, I realised I live on a steep hill on the side of a valley and all of the oil was sat at the back of the sump not touching the dipstick. Doh!

    If you have a washing up bowl or something not as tall as a bucket you might be able to get away without jacking the car up (depends how lowered it is ;-) ), if not jack it up a bit and undo the sump plug (looks like a flat screw slap bang in the middle of the sump) until it starts to drain out. Drain out roughly what you put in tighten the sump plug, take it off the jack, find somewhere flat ;-) wait five minutes for the oil to drain back to the sump and redip. Top up to the required level (in the middle of the marks on the dipstick). (Tip; draining more oil out is better as its far easier to top up the oil if its too low than re-jack the car up and remove more if its still too full).

    Alternatively, if the car is due for a service you could always take it to the garage and have them change the oil and the filter for you.

    Hope this helps :-) Alex.

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    Would the AA fix this? Not exactly a break down...

    Always check oil levels on a flat surface and wait at least 30 minutes after stopping the engine before checking too so the oil can all drain back in to the sump.

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    Depends as the seals may be away hence why hes going through the oil.. how often do you have to top it up and what grade of oil are you using?

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