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.
this is my Oil when it was 3,000 Miles OldYeah thanks I found out driving around town and then checking it later on got a better reading.
Yeah it's hard to tell sometimes!this is my Oil when it was 3,000 Miles Old
This is my Oil when it was 1 mile old
it is hard to see but the last top hole was covered with oil :thumb2:
This^^! This is how I check oil.myself I always check the engine oil when oil is cold. meaning car has not been run for a couple of hours. so all oil can drain into pan, gives a accurate reading.
I too check in the morning before leaving for work though . Only time I use the manual procedure is right after an oil change.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
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.