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Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester #4550414
10/21/17 06:53 PM
10/21/17 06:53 PM
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HowAboutThis Offline OP
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This car has to have the most frustrating dipstick I've ever read. Both sides are completely different and every time I clean, insert, look, it's different. Anyone else have one of these stupid cars?!? It's not mine, the SO's. I'm going to go with if it's damp with oil it's good enough. Any tricks for reading the dipstick?

Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis] #4550417
10/21/17 06:55 PM
10/21/17 06:55 PM
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West Ma.
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LOL my daughters saturn is like that...


Pete.
97 Ford Expl.Sport 4.0 ohv 4wd 5spddrive184k miles
Last Change;
Penn. Plat. HM. 5w30
Fram xg8a, Fram CA8141

I like my oil (slippery).

Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis] #4550420
10/21/17 06:59 PM
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GA
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On my CRV is also painful to read oil level while on my Mazda is straightforward

So I learn the lesson on CRV; Iím taking readings one time a day and that is in the morning; also you may repeat It as needed


2008 Mazda6i GT; @202K miles
2016 Honda CR-V EX-L; @33K miles
Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: rollinpete] #4550422
10/21/17 07:00 PM
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HowAboutThis Offline OP
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It wouldn't be so bad except the thing eats oil like I eat pizza.

Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis] #4550428
10/21/17 07:07 PM
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Maybe it is the time to fix the problem or get rid of the car altogether


2008 Mazda6i GT; @202K miles
2016 Honda CR-V EX-L; @33K miles
Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis] #4550459
10/21/17 07:52 PM
10/21/17 07:52 PM
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West Ma.
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these are hard to read..
I flip them over and see what the other side is like...



Pete.
97 Ford Expl.Sport 4.0 ohv 4wd 5spddrive184k miles
Last Change;
Penn. Plat. HM. 5w30
Fram xg8a, Fram CA8141

I like my oil (slippery).

Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis] #4550460
10/21/17 07:53 PM
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Vienna, VA
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Any Nissan VQ motor. Dipstick is 2.5 feet long, goes in the side of the motor and the handle is a foot long and has a 45 degree jog in it. Miserable.

My supercharged g35 drank oil and I usually went by if the stick had oil on it it wasn't time to add any yet.


1993 Toyota MR2 Hardtop N/A - 160k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
2006 Toyota Matrix XR AWD (Fiancee) - 130k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis] #4550464
10/21/17 08:01 PM
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It is wet between the two lines/dots it is fine.

Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis] #4550500
10/21/17 08:35 PM
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Pocatello, Idaho
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It must run in the family, my daughters 2007 Legacy has exactly the same dipstick symptoms that you describe. With most cars you can get a decent dipstick reading by letting them sit all night and taking the reading cold, but not this Subaru, oil must hang up in the tube, because I always have to wipe and reinsert the dipstick about three times to get a consistent reading and the dipstick always shows half a range difference between the two sides (like full one side and 1/2 on the other, or add on one side and 1/2 on the other). I have had to learn to live with it.


It's not what you don't know that hurts, it's what you think you know that ain't so. Will Rogers
Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis] #4550538
10/21/17 09:01 PM
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I like the one on the Dodge Journey I have. They stopped the dipstick tube well below the engine cover so unless you are in full day light you can't see to get it back in the tube. It's frustrating.

Not even under the canopy at the gas station with full lighting can you see it.



'18 Highlander - AMSOIL SS 0w20 / ATF / Severe Gear
'06 Santa Fe - 535,000km AMSOIL SS 0w30 / ATF (R.I.P)
Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis] #4550560
10/21/17 09:20 PM
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I have that kind of problem with my 03 V8 4Runner's automatic transmission dipstick. I do the drain and fill routine on a regular basis and every time it's a pain reading the level.

Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis] #4550588
10/21/17 10:05 PM
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I have this issue with the Camry. When I made a thread on it, everyone basically told me I was an idiot and wasting bandwidth on the forum.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 84k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis] #4550645
10/22/17 12:04 AM
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Is the min and max in the same spot on each side? One side may be for reading when engine is hot and other side when engine is cold. Just a guess


84 XJ6 M1
92 Mustang 5.0 Redline
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Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis] #4550945
10/22/17 11:01 AM
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I had the same issue on my f250 psd. I tried to open the fill cap to allow it to vent. I tried removing the o rings for an accurate reading to no avail.
I googled it and found i wasnt the only one. Ford actually revised the design of the dipstick to remedy the problem.


Currently running...
2011 Ford F250 4x4 6.7L, 2011 Toyota Camry SE 2.5L, 2002 Dodge Caravan 3.3L,
2012 Honda Rincon,2012 Honda Rancher AT,09 Honda Trx90
Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: 555] #4550973
10/22/17 11:44 AM
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HowAboutThis Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: 555
Is the min and max in the same spot on each side? One side may be for reading when engine is hot and other side when engine is cold. Just a guess


No, there's marks on one side. And the OM says to insert with the picture on the handle right side up and check the side with marks. So, waited for this AM because yesterday after she drove it it was annoying. Pull it out...oil below the low mark on that side, about 3 quarts overfilled on the side with no marks. Wipe it off, insert, check again. Now overfilled on both sides. Wipe off, blow into dipstick tube, insert, check again. Now oil in middle between add and full but on back side still overfilled. Check my Toyota...both sides read the same. Old Honda before...both sides the same. Nissans I owned before...both sides the same.

I. Just. Don't. Get. It. Probably the same reason the bottoms of the 2.5 blow. [censored] engineering.

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