Where do you keep the oil level on your dipstick?

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My dipstick looks like this with 5 holes drilled between ADD and FULL :

ADD| . . . . . |FULL

If the oil level is down to the 3rd hole, should I add some oil to bring it up to the FULL line?
 
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If it shows on the stick it's just fine. Even if it doesn't show on the stick it doesn't mean it's dry. It depends. If I'm close to changing it i wont bother wasting a fresh quart. But if its got a ways to go then it's obvious.
 
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Fill it up to the full mark. Better the oil is in the engine than sitting idle in the trunk.

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The question for me is who drives it??

Someone oblivious, put it AT the max

Someone conscientious, anywhere in the "safe" zone

Kinda like maxing pressure on a spare tire....then when no one checks it for 6 years it might still have enough pressure to limp along!
 
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EXACTLY "F" when I do an oil change.
Then I watch for oil use. It's fun.
Where we live is hilly so I check fluids when I'm in a level parking lot.
The vehicle is always warm.
Checking one's oil helps justify the 40 or so napkins I take whenever I do fast food.

Top off as needed or wanted.
Need is when I have hours to drive. Want is when I have the right amount of leftover oil handy.
It's never much.
 
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My dipstick looks like this with 5 holes drilled between ADD and FULL :

ADD| . . . . . |FULL

If the oil level is down to the 3rd hole, should I add some oil to bring it up to the FULL line?
Depends for me. A couple weeks from an oil change? Nah. A couple thousand miles until oil change. I'll top it off.
 
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