Dumbest question of the year

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by wfo900, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. wfo900

    wfo900 Formula Junior

    Aug 19, 2003
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    Rich C
    OK on a 355 when you check the oil do you screw the dipstick back in or read it with the dipstick just sitting on the top of the threads ?
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  3. Mitch Alsup

    Mitch Alsup F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
    There is a margin of error of +1Qt and -1Qt with optimal level in the middle. or about 1" per Qt.

    The difference between screwing the dipstick all the way in and just putting it on the top is less than 20% of the margin for error or about a cup of oil.

    I can read mine without wiping and redipping.
  4. tbakowsky

    tbakowsky F1 World Champ
    Professional Ferrari Technician Consultant

    Sep 18, 2002
    The Cold North
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    I can read mine without wiping and redipping.[/QUOTE]

    Oh boy, you have left yourself WIDE open on that one dude!! Must I must resist the temptation. :)
  5. enjoythemusic

    enjoythemusic F1 World Champ

    Apr 20, 2002
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    Ummm, is lipstick involved? :)
  6. Birdman

    Birdman F1 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2003
    North shore, MA
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    THE Birdman
    Hey wait a minute here, I hate to object, but I think my post asking about what you call the hood is the dumbest question of the year!
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  8. Red348

    Red348 Guest

    Its not such a dumb question.....I asked the mechanic exactly the same question and was told (for a 348) to warm up the car, then rev it up to 3500-4000 rpm for about 1 minute for the oil to be properly circulated and then check the level soon after switching off. He indicated that the dip stick could be left to rest on the treads without screwing it back on to check oil level.

    However, in the interest of engine hygiene, please wipe before redipping.
  9. kenyon

    kenyon F1 Rookie

    Oct 7, 2002
    East Yorkshire
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    Justin Kenyon
    I have been told to read my oil when the car is fully warmed through and is idling. You should do this with dry sumps.

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