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      10-04-2013, 06:23 AM   #1
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Should I add oil to my car first thing in morn with engine cold or wait until its warmed up. Did serch can't find anything on it. I'm concerd because of the cold engine won't get a proper reading
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Doesnt matter if cold or warm when adding oil but it does need to be at operating temp before taking a reading. Therefore, how would you know you need oil unless your car is already at operating temp and reading low on oil?
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Doesnt matter if cold or warm when adding oil but it does need to be at operating temp before taking a reading. Therefore, how would you know you need oil unless your car is already at operating temp and reading low on oil?
Thanks and yea I got reading yesterday and took the wife's cars to get oil and got side tracked doing a million other things in the process was going to add this morn before work but ill wait till I get home and run her to warm up
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      10-23-2013, 05:37 PM   #4
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Should I add oil to my car first thing in morn with engine cold or wait until its warmed up. Did serch can't find anything on it. I'm concerd because of the cold engine won't get a proper reading
Probably cold or warm just so that you wouldn't burn yourself when everything is hot.
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Doesn't matter. Just wait till the oil level is at minimum and only hadd 1/2 litre at a time to avoid overfilling
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      10-26-2013, 10:42 AM   #6
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I wouldn't do it when the car is ice cold (hasn't been driven for more than a few hours), as a lot of oil that was in the crankcase will have dripped back down into the pan. Best thing to do is add oil after the car has been driven, but waiting a few minutes after it was turned off. This is how Audi recommends you do it, BTW.
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I just got an oil change at the dealer. Drove home and the reading at operating temp was max level. I drive conservatively and do not race or autocross and my reading this morning (2 weeks, 300 miles after my oil change) is now mid level between min and max. Problem here? Normal? oil leak? Does the system give you a check control if its an oil leak?
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You're between min and max, which is fine. That's the "OK" zone. Just check the level periodically and if it gets too low, have the dealer top it off for you.
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Just remember to add just half a quart at a time. So if it is showing add a qt., add half. If you add the whole qt. you will risk the chance of over filling. Just a piece of advise.
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I just got an oil change at the dealer. Drove home and the reading at operating temp was max level. I drive conservatively and do not race or autocross and my reading this morning (2 weeks, 300 miles after my oil change) is now mid level between min and max. Problem here? Normal? oil leak? Does the system give you a check control if its an oil leak?
The car stores the oil reading. Use the turn signal stalk to toggle to the oil level and the hold the button down until the oil level is re-read. There'll be a little clock, then it'll give you a true reading after an oil change.

I do this all the time ... When I change my oil, the first reading is always the same as before I changed it. Hold it down, resets and then it'll give the new actual reading.
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The car stores the oil reading. Use the turn signal stalk to toggle to the oil level and the hold the button down until the oil level is re-read. There'll be a little clock, then it'll give you a true reading after an oil change.

I do this all the time ... When I change my oil, the first reading is always the same as before I changed it. Hold it down, resets and then it'll give the new actual reading.
isn't the "new actual reading" basically the same reading you get once the car is running at optimal temp?
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isn't the "new actual reading" basically the same reading you get once the car is running at optimal temp?
The car will not return an oil reading until it is in the optimal temp range and level. Although, the first reading after an oil change (until reset) most likely will be an old/stored reading.

I reset it every oil change (and sometimes randomly to ensure updated reading) ... It has changed (from oil change first reading, then reset) every time.
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