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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
'Brought my 4runner in for the 1st oil change and I provided the wrong
info to the mechanic. Namely I erred in assigning the oil quantity of
the V8 to the V6. So I just drained some oil , myself, after driving 2
days - to bring it back from a quart over full.

My question is regarding the dip stick. I have been driving almost 40
years and have driven many different cars. However I do not recall a
dipstick that was as baffling as this one is. The past dipsticks have
always been quite clear and obvious.

There are two dots on each side of this dipstick. One side has
protruding dots and the other has indented dots.

When checking the oil level, one side of the dipstick shows oil way up
the stick. The other, which would have to be the valid side, shows oil
with thinner gradients up between and perhaps a touch beyond the upper
dot.

I say perhaps because the oil level is just hard to determine where it
ends off. When it came from the factory I obviously just left it where
it was. As it became dirtier it seems that I could read it better. Now
I am using synthetic.

All in all, I know how to read a dipstick ( keep it between the two
dots, basically) but this one has oil all over the dipstick. I don't
want to drive with insufficient oil.

Any observations and or suggestions as to how to read this Toyota
4runner dipstick ?
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Re: Any observations and or suggestions as to how to read this Toyota 4runner dipstick ?

"Barry" <[email protected] the remove yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> 'Brought my 4runner in for the 1st oil change and I provided the wrong
> info to the mechanic. Namely I erred in assigning the oil quantity of
> the V8 to the V6. So I just drained some oil , myself, after driving 2
> days - to bring it back from a quart over full.
>
> My question is regarding the dip stick. I have been driving almost 40
> years and have driven many different cars. However I do not recall a
> dipstick that was as baffling as this one is. The past dipsticks have
> always been quite clear and obvious.
>
> There are two dots on each side of this dipstick. One side has
> protruding dots and the other has indented dots.
>
> When checking the oil level, one side of the dipstick shows oil way up
> the stick. The other, which would have to be the valid side, shows oil
> with thinner gradients up between and perhaps a touch beyond the upper
> dot.
>
> I say perhaps because the oil level is just hard to determine where it
> ends off. When it came from the factory I obviously just left it where
> it was. As it became dirtier it seems that I could read it better. Now
> I am using synthetic.
>
> All in all, I know how to read a dipstick ( keep it between the two
> dots, basically) but this one has oil all over the dipstick. I don't
> want to drive with insufficient oil.
>
> Any observations and or suggestions as to how to read this Toyota
> 4runner dipstick ?
>


Pull the dipstick out, wipe it clean, and try to re-insert it so that the
edges are vertical. It sounds like the flat part of the dipstick is
dragging on the tube.
--

Ray O
(correct punctuation to reply)
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Re: Any observations and or suggestions as to how to read this Toyota 4runner dipstick ?

On Sun, 28 Jan 2007 21:41:56 -0600, "Ray O"
<rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom> wrote:

>
>"Barry" <[email protected] the remove yahoo.com> wrote in message
>news:[email protected]
>>
>> 'Brought my 4runner in for the 1st oil change and I provided the wrong
>> info to the mechanic. Namely I erred in assigning the oil quantity of
>> the V8 to the V6. So I just drained some oil , myself, after driving 2
>> days - to bring it back from a quart over full.
>>
>> My question is regarding the dip stick. I have been driving almost 40
>> years and have driven many different cars. However I do not recall a
>> dipstick that was as baffling as this one is. The past dipsticks have
>> always been quite clear and obvious.
>>
>> There are two dots on each side of this dipstick. One side has
>> protruding dots and the other has indented dots.
>>
>> When checking the oil level, one side of the dipstick shows oil way up
>> the stick. The other, which would have to be the valid side, shows oil
>> with thinner gradients up between and perhaps a touch beyond the upper
>> dot.
>>
>> I say perhaps because the oil level is just hard to determine where it
>> ends off. When it came from the factory I obviously just left it where
>> it was. As it became dirtier it seems that I could read it better. Now
>> I am using synthetic.
>>
>> All in all, I know how to read a dipstick ( keep it between the two
>> dots, basically) but this one has oil all over the dipstick. I don't
>> want to drive with insufficient oil.
>>
>> Any observations and or suggestions as to how to read this Toyota
>> 4runner dipstick ?
>>

>
>Pull the dipstick out, wipe it clean, and try to re-insert it so that the
>edges are vertical. It sounds like the flat part of the dipstick is
>dragging on the tube.


Thanks Ray O

That rings true to me. Presently there seems to be a spring in the
tube, or a guide of some kind which leads the dipstick to go in a
certain way. That factor of dragging is quite what it seems to me.
After I posted the post I felt a touch foolish for having a subject
title regarding dipsticks. But then again it would not have been the
first time I heard someone called a "dipstick" - humor

Nevertheless, low and over full oil amounts are serious matters in
engine terms.

I just went out and with flashlight in mouth tried to get some
horizontal or vertical insertions. (far too risky to make a joke on
that line) and the dipstick will only go in one way, and that way does
drag one side of the dipstick on the tube.

There is some lighter saturation of the non dragged side. Which
complicates and causes some concen.

I will keep working on it and hopefully some light will shine on the
aspect of how to read the non dragged side. Hopefully a pattern will
emerge.
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Re: Any observations and or suggestions as to how to read this Toyota 4runner dipstick ?

Try taking out the dipstick and letting the engine cool for a while so
all the oil that is dragged up in the dipstick tube runs down into the
pan. Then re-insert the clean dipstick (once), remove it and read the
level. Hopefully that will give you a truer, more consistent reading.


On Jan 28, 6:39 pm, Barry <[email protected] the remove yahoo.com> wrote:
> 'Brought my 4runner in for the 1st oil change and I provided the wrong
> info to the mechanic. Namely I erred in assigning the oil quantity of
> the V8 to the V6. So I just drained some oil , myself, after driving 2
> days - to bring it back from a quart over full.
>
> My question is regarding the dip stick. I have been driving almost 40
> years and have driven many different cars. However I do not recall a
> dipstick that was as baffling as this one is. The past dipsticks have
> always been quite clear and obvious.
>
> There are two dots on each side of this dipstick. One side has
> protruding dots and the other has indented dots.
>
> When checking the oil level, one side of the dipstick shows oil way up
> the stick. The other, which would have to be the valid side, shows oil
> with thinner gradients up between and perhaps a touch beyond the upper
> dot.
>
> I say perhaps because the oil level is just hard to determine where it
> ends off. When it came from the factory I obviously just left it where
> it was. As it became dirtier it seems that I could read it better. Now
> I am using synthetic.
>
> All in all, I know how to read a dipstick ( keep it between the two
> dots, basically) but this one has oil all over the dipstick. I don't
> want to drive with insufficient oil.
>
> Any observations and or suggestions as to how to read this Toyota
> 4runner dipstick ?
 
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