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2013 Kia Optima LX (132,080 miles as of writing, 5W-30 Mobil High Mileage FS)

Can someone tell me the reading on my oil dipstick? It doesn't make much sense to me. I've been trying to figure out if my car has been burning oil. My dealer wants $600+ to do an entire oil consumption test which consists of two seperate visits to the dealer, the most expensive being the second where they claim they have to clean some internals and where they check to see if the car passes or fails the oil consumption test. If it fails, I get a free engine covered under the recall and if it passes well I guess there goes $600.

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These photos were taken on a rainy/somewhat humid day in CT after the car had been shut off overnight (which was probably about 10 hours) Yes, this is after taking the dipstick out a second time. I tried running the car for a few minutes, shutting it off, waiting 10, and checking the dipstick but it looks almost identical to the photos above. Any insight would be appreciated, if you have questions I'll try my best to answer.
 

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Maybe describe your procedure for using the dipstick?

For example, do you use a rag or paper towel to wipe the dipstick clean before dipping it back in the 2nd time?

Maybe you can re-try the oil dipstick check after letting the car sit overnight, so any splashed oil has a chance to drain back down the dipstick tube so it won't get on the upper part of the dipstick
When I took these photos it was while using a white cloth rag, which I always use. Very rarely a microfiber towel. Does that make a difference? If so I'll experiment. Thanks
 
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