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Old 04-05-2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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Engine oil dipstick showing no readings

I have been trying to check my oil level for a couple days now, but each time the dipstick comes out very dry. I'm not getting a yellow oil light to indicate that the oil is low. I service the car recently and replace with the correct amount of oil, and i'm not seeing any oil leak.
What is happening here, car has 124,000km.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:12 AM   #2
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who serviced the car? how do you know correct amount of oil was used?
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:13 AM   #3
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:26 AM   #4
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Put more oil in it! If you go to far drain some out. Do not trust a dash light or lack there of. I would not drive it until you know for sure. You could also just drain it to see how much is actually in there.... It's the oem dipstick right?
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:39 AM   #5
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^^^ +1

Try adding a quart and see if the level comes up. Should take 7+ quarts when servicing.
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The correct amount of oil was added, i'm always there when my car is been serviced, and i buy the parts myself. Yes, it is the oem dipstick.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:53 AM   #7
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Try adding a quart and see if the level comes up. Should take 7+ quarts when servicing.
My car is a 318i, it uses less than the 7quarts.
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My car is a 318i, it uses less than the 7quarts.
the 318 a 4 cylinder right?
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the 318 a 4 cylinder right?
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My car is a 318i, it uses less than the 7quarts.
My bad for not noticing.
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Never mind guys, it's a clogged oil dipstick tube, based on my research, it seems to happen with these cars.
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Never mind guys, it's a clogged oil dipstick tube, based on my research, it seems to happen with these cars.
Then that's bad news. If it happened to be clogged, possibly there is a lot of sludge built up in the engine. How often do you change the oil? I got a 318i too and I change it on every 4,000 Km.
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Clogged tube? Really? I've never heard of such a thing. The dipstick should pass all of the way through the tube and be submerged into the top of the oil, if the top of the oil is near the tip of the dipstick. Reading oil level does not depend on the oil going up into the dipstick tube. Is it possible that the dipstick tube can have debris on it that wipes the oil off as the stick is pulled out? I've never heard of this happening.

A cure for such a thing might be to push a piece of tissue paper and force it through the tube to clear any debris that might be inside. The downside of this is that tissue will be collected in the oil filter, which should not be a big deal. Changing the oil in a 1000 miles or so will correct this. I think the tissue will be beat to crap so badly that it won't be a problem, but there's the outside-chance however remote that it could become lodged somewhere. I don't think it will get out of the oil pan, to be honest, but if it does then it will be trapped by the filter.
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Clogged tube? Really? I've never heard of such a thing. The dipstick should pass all of the way through the tube and be submerged into the top of the oil, if the top of the oil is near the tip of the dipstick. Reading oil level does not depend on the oil going up into the dipstick tube. Is it possible that the dipstick tube can have debris on it that wipes the oil off as the stick is pulled out? I've never heard of this happening.

A cure for such a thing might be to push a piece of tissue paper and force it through the tube to clear any debris that might be inside. The downside of this is that tissue will be collected in the oil filter, which should not be a big deal. Changing the oil in a 1000 miles or so will correct this. I think the tissue will be beat to crap so badly that it won't be a problem, but there's the outside-chance however remote that it could become lodged somewhere. I don't think it will get out of the oil pan, to be honest, but if it does then it will be trapped by the filter.
Could also use a .30 cal (7.62mm) rifle cleaning swab on a flexible shaft. May be too narrow IDK.
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Never mind guys, it's a clogged oil dipstick tube, based on my research, it seems to happen with these cars.
He might be referring to the lower oil return hose.
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Not seeing clogged guidetube as reason for no oil on dipstick, unless you mean your ccv isn't working and you've lost a lot of oil in a short time.

But, next time you change oil...drain it completely, add specified amount, start car, let it cool and see where it shows the next morning to 'calibrate' your dipstick...just to make sure you have the right one. I didn't.

Also, please don't stick anything down your guidetube. If it's clogged, it's clogged in the tube within a tube from below the drain tube from ccv. You won't clean that with tissue or gun cleaning thing...your dipstick does there anyway.

Only way to clean it is to remove it and spray the hell out of it with parts cleaner. But, at that point, you should be thinking of replacing entire ccv system.

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I would not just brush this off so quickly, try the gun cleaner as suggested.
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No dmax is right. My suggestion wouldn't do anything that the dipstick isn't already doing. I think.
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:19 AM   #20
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It is not a good idea to be guessing here, the best way is to completely drain out the oil, refill about 6 quarts and use the dipstick to measure to see that there is still no oil on dipstick (I highly doubt it), and top off as needed.

If there is still no oil on dipstick, you really have some mystery problem that need to be investigated.

My car uses exactly 6 quarts rather than 6.9 quarts that other people claimed.
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