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#4550414 - 10/21/17 06:53 PM Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester
HowAboutThis Offline


Registered: 10/08/17
Posts: 33
Loc: USA
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?

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#4550417 - 10/21/17 06:55 PM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis]
rollinpete Offline


Registered: 03/20/17
Posts: 166
Loc: West. Ma.
LOL my daughters saturn is like that...
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#4550420 - 10/21/17 06:59 PM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis]
miden851 Offline


Registered: 02/15/16
Posts: 191
Loc: GA
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
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#4550422 - 10/21/17 07:00 PM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: rollinpete]
HowAboutThis Offline


Registered: 10/08/17
Posts: 33
Loc: USA
It wouldn't be so bad except the thing eats oil like I eat pizza.

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#4550428 - 10/21/17 07:07 PM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis]
miden851 Offline


Registered: 02/15/16
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Maybe it is the time to fix the problem or get rid of the car altogether
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#4550459 - 10/21/17 07:52 PM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis]
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Registered: 03/20/17
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these are hard to read..
I flip them over and see what the other side is like...

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#4550460 - 10/21/17 07:53 PM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis]
TinyVoices Offline


Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 347
Loc: Vienna, VA
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.
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#4550464 - 10/21/17 08:01 PM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis]
madRiver Offline


Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 2877
Loc: New England
It is wet between the two lines/dots it is fine.

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#4550500 - 10/21/17 08:35 PM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis]
compratio10_5 Offline


Registered: 12/07/15
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Loc: Pocatello, Idaho
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.
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#4550538 - 10/21/17 09:01 PM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis]
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Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 16461
Loc: Ontario, Canada
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.

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#4550560 - 10/21/17 09:20 PM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 6971
Loc: S California
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.

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#4550588 - 10/21/17 10:05 PM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis]
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Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 8986
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
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.
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#4550645 - 10/22/17 12:04 AM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis]
555 Offline


Registered: 06/08/09
Posts: 274
Loc: New England
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
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#4550945 - 10/22/17 11:01 AM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: HowAboutThis]
Soggydog Offline


Registered: 01/17/16
Posts: 121
Loc: South Louisiana
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.
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#4550973 - 10/22/17 11:44 AM Re: Dipstick Reading 2006 Forester [Re: 555]
HowAboutThis Offline


Registered: 10/08/17
Posts: 33
Loc: USA
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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