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It's about 50 degrees out so I went outside to check the air filter and then I got to checking the oil. The oil covered the low oil bubble but after checking the back of the dipstick it easily had some oil on the high side after the bubble. I then started the engine for a few seconds to run the oil around and when I checked it again it had some oil not on the high mark but after it. I don't know accurately how much oil I have now.
 

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I do believe the car should be run at operating temperature. Then shut off and wait 10 minutes. Then check the oil with the vehicle on a flat surface. I find if my oil is very new it's hard to see exactly where it is.
 

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what I wrote earlier was from the manual.

CHECKING ENGINE OIL LEVEL
1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and apply
the parking brake.
2. Start the engine and let it idle until it reaches
operating temperature.
3. Turn off the engine. Wait more than 10
minutes for the oil to drain back into
the oil pan.
4. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Reinsert
it all the way.
5. Remove the dipstick again and check the oil
level. It should be between the H (High) and
L (Low) marks 1 . This is the normal operating
oil level range. If the oil level is below
the L (Low) mark2 , remove the oil filler cap
and pour recommended oil through the
opening. Do not overfill3 .
6. Recheck oil level with the dipstick.
I too check in the morning before leaving for work though :). Only time I use the manual procedure is right after an oil change.
 
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