Engine oil check

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  1. Catscratch Fever

    Catscratch Fever Silver Member

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    I know some of this has been covered before, but I wanted to make sure I understand why. The owners manual says check the oil 5 min after a warm engine is shut down.
    After checking this today, my dipstick shows near the bottom of the hash marks. If I add a 1/2 quart of oil it should be fine when it's warm. Now when the engine is cold it will show an overfill possibly or close, depends how much you add. So why does the owners manual want you to check the oil when there is oil still draining back?
    So I guess it's ok to add a 1/2 quart when engine is warm.
     
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    Paladin06 Have Guns Will Travel Staff Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    Go with a 1/4 qt first. Better safe then overfill. :)
     
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    Catscratch Fever Silver Member

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    Ok. But when the engine is warm it'll show less oil than when cold. I'll go with a 1/4 first. Then check next morning cold, then drive it then check it?
     
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    Catscratch Fever Silver Member

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    So I checked the oil cold and it showed 1/2 up into the hatched area. 5 min after a warm engine shutdown it shows near bottom of hatched area. Add or not?
     
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    Catscratch, rule of thumb I have always gone by is check on flat surface, first thing in the morning when all the oil has drained from the top of the engine back to the pan. I believe that to be the most accurate way to check an engine oil level. If warm, while true it is less viscous and should drain faster, oil may still be trapped in the upper engine or still in the oil cooler etc. Just my 2 cents....
     
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    Catscratch Fever Silver Member

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    I agree, there is a big difference.
     
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    Call me paranoid, but when I drive the HC I am always switching between Oil pressure and Coolant temperature to make sure both are in spec. If one of those is low or high as the case may be, that is best indication something is going on. Not a big fan of idiot warning lights.....Give me gauges any day!
     
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    Catscratch Fever Silver Member

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    The way things have been going for some Hellcat owners, I feel you have to monitor every minute of this engine. I'm fine with that.
     
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    After 5 min the oil that's draining should be done ! Most importantly ! DONT OVERFILL
     
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    I tend to agree with you, but given that we are an anal bunch to start with, that will surely kill the enjoyment of this car. If you have trepidation every time you push the start button, what's the use? Unconsciously you be listening for every little noise and ruin your driving experience. I was guilty of that with my last car. No mas. Now I just drive the hell out of it and turn the stereo up
     
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    I have 1200 miles on mine and mine is been perfect no I don't use it's been a great car so far
     
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    That's the best way
     
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    I think I'll just turn up the radio...:)
     
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    Yell yes ! Why worry (WARRENTY) !!!
     
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    I'm the same way ! And your right it takes the fun out ! I don't feel right when mine has dust in it or is a little dirty I changed oil at 600 miles sent in oil sample it's annal but what do we do about it ! Keep it clean and still worry LOL
     

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