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I realize it's not rocket science but I need some advice..
One morning, I decided to check the engine oil level and noticed it was quite a bit below the low level.
I bought a jug of oil and poured in about 500ml.
When I checked the dipstick afterwards, I am getting oil above the "full" level
Pic 1 below was taken after I topped off the oil and waited about 10 minutes
Pic 2 was taken after Pic1 but I had the engine on for few minutes, turned it off and waited about 5~10 minutes
Did I put too much oil??

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Where was the oil before you filled it? 1st dot to the 2nd dot is 946ml difference
Proper way to check oil
  1. Park on level ground
  2. Turn engine off for about 30 mins for the oil to drain down to the oil pan
  3. Pull dipstick out and wipe clean
  4. Insert dipstick all the way down
  5. Pull dipstick out again and check
  6. Should read full at the 2nd dot
If over filled 200 ml, dont sweat it. If its a lot, drain a little until you get to the full mark
 

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I realize it's not rocket science but I need some advice..
One morning, I decided to check the engine oil level and noticed it was quite a bit below the low level.
I bought a jug of oil and poured in about 500ml.
When I checked the dipstick afterwards, I am getting oil above the "full" level
Pic 1 below was taken after I topped off the oil and waited about 10 minutes
Pic 2 was taken after Pic1 but I had the engine on for few minutes, turned it off and waited about 5~10 minutes
Did I put too much oil??

TIA
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Pic2:

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It doesn't even look like you're at the full mark yet to me.
 

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Where was the oil before you filled it? 1st dot to the 2nd dot is 946ml difference
Proper way to check oil
  1. Park on level ground
  2. Turn engine off for about 30 mins for the oil to drain down to the oil pan
  3. Pull dipstick out and wipe clean
  4. Insert dipstick all the way down
  5. Pull dipstick out again and check
  6. Should read full at the 2nd dot
If over filled 200 ml, dont sweat it. If its a lot, drain a little until you get to the full mark
that's roughly what i've done.. only I waited about 15 minutes after warming up the engine before checking the dipstick.
 

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It doesn't even look like you're at the full mark yet to me.
ya it's just throwing me off because I'm seeing so much oil above the F level on the dipstick.
When i check in the morning cold, the oil level was sitting well below the L level. So since I poured in about 500ml of new oil, it shouldn't have been overfilled but just getting that much oil above the F level is worrying me...
 

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ya it's just throwing me off because I'm seeing so much oil above the F level on the dipstick.
When i check in the morning cold, the oil level was sitting well below the L level. So since I poured in about 500ml of new oil, it shouldn't have been overfilled but just getting that much oil above the F level is worrying me...
It's most likely just a little oil splashing up when running or pulling up into the dipstick tube when checking.
 

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Another option is to wait overnight and check in the morning. by then, any residual oil along the upper part of the tube will have made its way back down into the sump.

My guess is there was oil on the upper parts of the tube that the dipstick rubbed against when you were pulling out.
 

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Another option is to wait overnight and check in the morning. by then, any residual oil along the upper part of the tube will have made its way back down into the sump.

My guess is there was oil on the upper parts of the tube that the dipstick rubbed against when you were pulling out.
Ya I haven't driven my car since last night..
The car manual says to warm up the engine to an operating temperature and wait few minutes to check the level...
so I plan on doing it cold and then follow the manual to be sure.
 

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just checked my oil level cold (not driven since last night) and it was sitting between L and F
Warmed up my engine for few minutes, turned it off and waited 20 minutes. Checked the dipstick again and it was sitting at around the same level as before.
So I ended up pouring in more oil. Thanks everyone for your input. Much appreciated as I was worried I overfilled :)
 

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just checked my oil level cold (not driven since last night) and it was sitting between L and F
Warmed up my engine for few minutes, turned it off and waited 20 minutes. Checked the dipstick again and it was sitting at around the same level as before.
So I ended up pouring in more oil. Thanks everyone for your input. Much appreciated as I was worried I overfilled :)
Mine looks the same at times going a little higher but I notice the stick seems dry down the middle in the red circle. Mine is usually solid right at the F mark after a change which is 5.07qts on my Optima. On your stick, I would call the level at the black line. It is solid to that point with no oil right above until you see the streaky area start.

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Mine looks the same at times going a little higher but I notice the stick seems dry down the middle in the red circle. Mine is usually solid right at the F mark after a change which is 5.07qts on my Optima. On your stick, I would call the level at the black line. It is solid to that point with no oil right above until you see the streaky area start.

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Ya I think that's where the level is at. Thanks!
 

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I check mine after sitting all night and engine cold. All I do is pull the dipstick out and read it quickly. Then if reading at the full-mark, I insert it back into the dipstick tube and close the hood. This M.O. doesn't even require a rag - thus no need to wipe off any oil on the dipstick.

Years ago when I drove older vehicles that occasionally needed top-off oil, I knew instantly how much to pour in. The best teaching method for reading the oil dipstick is by changing the oil and instead of giving the engine five new quarts (as per the owners manual), I would give the engine only four quarts and that taught me how to read the dipstick being a quart low.

All this is done while the engine just got a new oil change and the engine is still cold and down one quart. That's when I would add the final quart, to bring the dipstick oil level mark back to Full.

I've been doing this method for over 50 years. I never check the oil level 15-20 minutes after I shut-down the engine. I always wait until the oil is cold and it drained back down into the oil pan.

That's the best & most accurate way to measure the oil contents. The owners manual only provides us with a shortcut way to check the oil after shutdown.

What S.Korea doesn't comprehend is that America thrives on doing things the correct way and shortcuts often leads to less quality and sometimes eventual failure.
 
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