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Old 11-29-2010, 03:40 PM
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Checking oil, dip stick

I just got my 07 mcs a couple of months ago and the only complaint I have is when checking the oil I have trouble reading the dip stick because it is a spring and I can't see the oil that well on it. Anyone else have this problem?
 
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:55 PM
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You're def not the only one. I try and clean it off as best as I can and take a couple readings.
 
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:05 PM
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Yes, absolutely bizarre design - y'know, BMW, that little flat piece of metal has worked really well for decades...
 
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:34 PM
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Try this (someone else's dipstick)
 
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The link doesn't work.

Synthetic oil is sometimes hard to see as it stays clean longer. I make sure I wipe off the stick really well, dip it and then hold it in the light so I can see the reflection of the wet oil on the stick. The level will be evident.

Dave
 
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:43 PM
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Here's what I do. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean on a paper towel. Re-insert, pull out and lay it back onto a clean portion of the paper towel. It's easy to see the oil on the paper towel, and therefore, where it is on the dipstick.

Tom
 
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:25 AM
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How long did it take you guys oil to change from clear to the regular dark color? I ask because usually when I change my oil is stays relatively clear for the first 1000 miles, but when the dealer supposedly changed my oil it seemed to be dark the first time I checked it. Makes me wonder if they actually changed my oil.
 
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:26 AM
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I agree with everyone else. It has to be the dumbest dipstick design I've ever come across. Where did that red one come from?
 
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Originally Posted by Govtslug View Post
Here's what I do. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean on a paper towel. Re-insert, pull out and lay it back onto a clean portion of the paper towel. It's easy to see the oil on the paper towel, and therefore, where it is on the dipstick.

Tom
+1 Did not seem too difficult for me to read. I guess just on the stick it is a little challenging, but while you need a rag to give it a fresh wipe, why not just lay the stick on it and a slight roll will give a good imprint of the oil level.
 
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:49 AM
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I too dislike the dipsick design, but at least we still have a dipstick at all- my last BMW didn't.
 
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:33 AM
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Glad to see I'm not the only one. Thanks for the tips guys.
 
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:33 PM
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Any aftermarket alternatives yet?
 
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