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post #1 of 17 Old 10th October 2007, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Oil level sign

hello guys. Just asking: At what level aprox. the sign of "engine oil level low" turns on? mines seems to be very sensible.
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When the oil passes the low level on the dipstick I believe. Most people check their oil level every 1000km or so and do not wait for the light to appear. How much oil do you use over a six month or 10,000km period?

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Well, it´s quite difficult to precise it because I use the car absolute every day with (heavy) traffic; also but not every day in higways -pretty fast- and, every two or three months in circuits. The circuits are not too long and it is most "fun" but not velocity, with 1st, 2nd, 3er gear in high rpm´s. So, what I could test till now is 1Liter in 1800 kms. -with the average as I told you-
My alert of low engine oil comes up when half a liter is missing.

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The difference between the lower level on the dipstick and the upper level is about a litre so I understand.

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Typically if I ever get the engine oil low boing , which tends to be after a sustained reasonable speed motorway run of over 100 miles , I put in a litre of 10w60 Castrol Edge and all is well again !

The difference between lower and upper marks on the dipstick is 1 litre ( 1.8 pints ) and the owners manual suggests allowing the engine oil to drop to the lower mark , but never lower , before adding oil !

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I get a bong when 2/3 the way down to low mark. Seems to be triggered by the steep hills that we have here in Somerset!

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I filled mine up, to the top, in April '07. As of this morning approx 5000 miles later it is only sitting between half and one third full. The bong hasn't come on yet

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ok. Maybe mine is drinking pretty much. What I use is Mobil1 5w 50.
And I made a mistake, what i had to add was ONE liter in 1800kms.
I think it will be interesting to share oil consumption at different scenes and when the gong comes up in different units. I do not have hills here in Buenos Aires town and my gong comes up with 3/4 left.
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The fact that you are using a 5w .....and a thin one at that ( Mobil 1 ) is probably not helping your oil consumption .....

A 10w would be better ....especially in a warmer climate such as your own !

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