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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationMaintenance & Repairs · 1 month ago

Car dipstick?

I checked my oil level and was shocked to see no oil was on the end of the dipstick! Nothing has been leaking on the garage floor. The car has not been acting strange and no indicators came on. I have driven maybe 3,200 or 3,400 miles since the last oil change. If the car burned a quart of oil would that cause it to not register on the dipstick or is there another issue? It uses about 5 quarts. Year 2005

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

     If you JUST shut off the engine then the oil is up high in the motor like under the valve cover.  It drips back down.  Gravity is a biitch.  You GOT TO LET IT STAND NOT "running" for awhile.  So put gas in the tank and pay for it. Then go out to the car and pull the dipstick that goes into the engine. It may be behind the radiator and is about 16" long and goes straight into oil pan.   (many people pull the high dipstick that is about 3 feet+ long and it goes into the transmission. WRONG STICK.   Pull the engine dipstick and paper towel it dry and now stick it in the dipstick tube.  Count off 3 seconds and pull out the stick and see if you see any oil on it. You have an upper line(the most that should go in) and a lower line(which is closer to the tip of the dipstick.)   The difference between the 2 lines is 1 quart.   If you are below the lower line then it will need more. How much depends on how low it is.  You can always use part of a quart and screw the lid on and throw the rest in the trunk. Oil will not go bad.  If the bottom of the engine is not wet with oil, then it is not leaking.  Then you are burning it like you burn gasoline.  It is the smoke you see come out of your tailpipe.  That is blue oil smoke and has a distinct odor if you go and smell it.  You won't forget it.

    .    When you are checking out cars to buy, and there is a white smoke off a cold engine and you sniff it.  If it does not smell like oil, then it is steam as water in the tailpipe turns into steam and is expelled out of the tailpipe.  Happens everymorning with every car.   If the smoke does not disappear and stinks of burning oil then you know this engine is garbage.

    .  Does not matter if it is regular oil or synthetic oil - they both burn and smell the same and once the engine starts to burn oil, it is due for some expensive motor work.  It will not heal.

  • M.
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The dipstick is made to show when the oil is FULL, not when it is EMPTY. 

    If your engine holds 5 quarts, then likely 4 quarts are in the oil pan, and one quart is in the oil filter and the oil passages within the engine. 

    It's likely that the bottom of your dipstick indicates approximately 2 quarts low, so having no oil on your dipstick, but no warning lights, means that your engine is 2 to 3 quarts low. 

    If it gets any lower, the sump will become uncovered with oil, especially while accelerating, braking or turning.  If the sump is uncovered, your oil pump can not feed pressurized oil to the crankshaft bearings, camshaft bearings and lifters.

    For fun and safety, put in a quart immediately.  Does the dipstick now read?  Based on your mileage, maybe get an oil and filter change, and start watching the dipstick.  If you don't want to change the oil now, then add enough oil to show a FULL reading.

    If your engine loses oil, then you need to check the oil level regularly and understand when to add some. 

    The next step is crankshsft bearing and crankshaft damage. 

    Be serious about this. 

    -Engine overhaul mechanic and general automotive mechanic since 1972

  • 1 month ago

    This is due to YOUR BAD choices in the OIL you are using! TODAYS CARS nearly ALL require the use of FULL SYNTHETICS to keep themselves HAPPY and in good shape! if you have been using VALVOLINE< an oil NO FACTORY on earth will use, YOU WILL NEED a LIGHT sludge removing treatment! This OIL is just NOT any good ! It CANNOT HANDLE HEAT and leaves VARNISH< SLUDGE< TAR< WAX and COKE deposits even with 3000 mile interval CHANGES! Using PENNZOIL ULTRA PLATINUM full synthetic will get you an ENGINE warranty out to 500,000 miles and you will NEVER get FOULED UP RINGS or VALVES as ALL cars NOW use BOSCH INJECTION  that is PRECISE and GOOD for the AIR we breathe! >>>FIND a can of AMSOIL POWER FOAM! It is about $7 and is the BEST cleaner OUT THERE! AMSOIL also makes TERRIFIC modern SYNTHETIC OIL good for 25,000 MILES between changes! It is RIDICULOUS to change oil NOW at 3,000 miles The BAX is from ANOTHER TIME ZONE or something or uses VALVOLINE which is FOOLS OIL! ??WHAT IS HAPPENING is that your PISTON RINGS a have TAR and SLUDGE baking into them along with the VALVE HEADS! To RESTORE THINGS back to NORMAL< use the POWER FOAM and spray it directly INTO THE PCV system and REMOVE the AIR INTAKE SNORKEL and find a way to SPRAY IT directly into the INTAKE SYSTEM! The FOWM dissolves SLUDGE and TAR on CONTACT and a HUGE WHITE COULD of SMOKE will ensue PROVING that the cleaner is DOING IT's JOB! NEVER use a WAX BASED oil AGAIN! It will CAUSE sensor issues, CONVERTER issues, and O2 issues! IT is JUST OLD TECHNOLOGY< and TODAY many  oils are FOCUSED on the COUNTRY OF ORIGIN< and ENGINE TYPE and the CAR MAKER! IT is NOT one size fits ALL!. >>>ANY WAYS once you  use the AMSOIL to clean BOTH SIDES of the THROTTLE BODY PLATE< and the IDLE AIR CONTROL VALVE and get it DIRECTLY into the INTAKES< the piston rings will CLEAN OFF< the BAKED IN TAR and SLUDGE will be removed and the engine will RESET ITSELF! >>It is ALWAYS the INTAKE SYTEM that needs CLEANING as BOSCH INJECTION and modern LOW SULFUR fuels burn CLEANLY and  keep the AIR breathable! The REST is ALL ABOUT THE OIL used! Once your RINGS are CLEAN and the OIL RINGS are NOT full of baked in TAR and VARNISH< your engien WIL RESEAL itself, and the BURNING of FUEL will DISAPPEAR!>>TRY THIS>>remover the DIPSTICK and SMELL IT!>> does it SMELL like GASOLINE??>>>>is your CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON< showing that the AIR/FUEL mixture is going OFF< or the CONVERTER is overheating from running TOO RICH?>>> this ALWAYS  means that the OIL you are using is NOT compatible with the FUEL and the FUEL METERING! ALL CARS today can get EASILY to 300,000 miles and PENNZOI LULTRA oils are made from NATRUAL GAS that POROTECTS sesnros and RINGS and other parts forom TRASHIN GOUT< unlkke REG OIL wil do in time! I have DE+_SLUDGED about 100 or more ENGIENS and THIS I KNOW for a FACT! PENNOZIL is good for ONW or TWOO FULL YEARS once ALL The baked in TAR and COKE and SLUDGE is removed! And you will NEVER have a BURNING ISSUES again! It is NOT from the VALVE STEM SEALS either! I ran TWO SHOPS and every SINGLE TIME it was the OIL that caused SDDAMAGES>>I will go ONE STEP FURTHER< and tel you that I use ONLY GERMAN MADE fluids as they are PUREST and PENNZOIL is one of them! PENTOSIN is ANOTHER ONE, and AMSOIL is a THIRD ONE! Then there is LIQUI MOLY< a DEDICATED German company that makes OIL and FUEL treatments that are TUV ( read GERMAN TESTED) approval! NOTHING is Better than the TUV rating on ANY product, even FOOD and MORE!  GOOD LUCK and send me FEED BACK and a CHECK for $200 as you will NEVER need NEW CONVERTER or NEW exhaust or have ANY engine issues AGAIN! ALL ENGINES now can get to at LEAST 500,000 miles thanks to HYPEREUTECTIC pistons and MODERN rings and MODERN GAS and FUELS that pollute the LOWEST! PENNZOIL will CLEAN as you DRIVE IT! 500,000 mile WARRANTY! You must be NUTZ to NOT use it! i got FOUR PEOPLE new engines this way! IT WORKS! 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    5 quarts since 2005? Dude, check the oil once a week. When it turns dark, change the oil & filter. Both. You're abusing the car & it will die soon.

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  • 1 month ago

    The oil should be changed every 3,000 miles or every 5,000 miles when running synthetic oil. You also need to check the oil level every 1,000 miles between oil changes. You obviously don't do that and it's why your motor is burning more oil. Anytime you can't see the oil on the dipstick you are more than a quart low and ruining the crankshaft and connecting rod bearings.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Service to the full level and check the dipstick every day before you drive.  If it burns a quart every 1000 miles, most manufacturers say it is "normal".

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I had a similar problem did an Oil Change and Changed the Filter and Put in the 5 Ltrs of Oil No Indication on the Dip stick only to Find it had the wrong Dip stick Purchased a New correct Dip stick problem solved

  • 1 month ago

    1 quart is usually the difference between the "Full" and "Add" lines on the dipstick. If it is too low to register on the dipstick, you are AT LEAST 2 quarts low, and MOST LIKELY even lower.

    The first thing I would do is have someone else check to be sure you are not misreading the dipstick. If the oil is clean, and you don't know what to look for, it is possible not to see when there is actually oil there.

  • 1 month ago

    One qt. low is a line or dot on dipstick, two or more will go off the stick. The only way to know how far down is to add a couple of qt. and pull the stick again.

    You will have to check more often now that you know you are burning oil.

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