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    No oil on dipstick but no oil light?

    I just changed my oil, and found that there was no oil on my dipstick. My oil light never came on and my oil was changed 5000 miles on synthetic. The only light that has ever come on was the check engine, which was for an evap leak which will be smoke tested next week. Is this the problem? Im shocked right now that i just drove with almost no oil.
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    The oil indicator light will come on when it's much, much too late to do anything. Do you know how low the level was by topping it up until you got a reading? H to L equates to roughly 1 qt/1 L

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    The oil light is simply a low pressure light. The second you lose enough pressure to illuminate the light, damage is imminent. I personally think it's one of the most stupid ideas in the automotive world.

    Basically it's a "You just blew up your engine" light.

    The best thing you can do is simply check your oil every 500-1000 miles. Burning 1qt of oil every 1200-1500 miles is perfectly acceptable. Especially in a turbocharged car.

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    I also heard/used the term "idiot light".
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiot_light
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    Did you say you switched your oil to syth or did you say you changed your oil 5000 miles ago.. I change my oil every 2500 miles at that time I am roughly 3/4 low.. At that point why not just change it to fresh oil.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cyturbowrx View Post
    I change my oil every 2500 miles
    Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elitex109 View Post
    I just changed my oil, and found that there was no oil on my dipstick. My oil light never came on and my oil was changed 5000 miles on synthetic. The only light that has ever come on was the check engine, which was for an evap leak which will be smoke tested next week. Is this the problem? Im shocked right now that i just drove with almost no oil.
    Add a quart of oil and see where the oil stands on the dipstick. Also make sure the car has been off for a few hours before you check (an hour or two should be fine) and make sure your car is on a flat ground. Typically there is at least 2.5 to 3 quarts of oil below the dipstick which is why you add oil .5 quarts at a time and wait a minute or two and then check the dipstick again to see where the oil is. Remember that you can always add more oil but if you overfill it, then you will have to drain some of it to prevent the crankshaft from whipping it into a mocha late!

    Also you can have your oil light come on even if you have oil in your engine. It's basically a pressure sensor and if the pressure drops below 5 psi I believe (which is way low), it's when the light comes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex View Post
    Why?
    The owners manual says to change your oil every 3750 miles. I would understand every 3000 but yes why every 2500 miles?
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    It's just a peice of mind for myself....... My mechanic thinks I am over protective... But it just comes down to I like keep the oil clean and full..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cyturbowrx View Post
    Did you say you switched your oil to syth or did you say you changed your oil 5000 miles ago.. I change my oil every 2500 miles at that time I am roughly 3/4 low.. At that point why not just change it to fresh oil.....
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    I don't know about that. Manufacturers are slowly admitting that the 3000, and even the 4000 mile oil change intervals are just a ploy to make money. Most cars on conventional oil and a decent filter are perfectly safe changing at 7500 miles. Many vehicles these days call for changes between 9000 to 12000 miles. Changing at 2500 is basically throwing money away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey View Post
    I also heard/used the term "idiot light".
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiot_light

    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex View Post
    Most cars on conventional oil and a decent filter are perfectly safe changing at 7500 miles. Many vehicles these days call for changes between 9000 to 12000 miles.
    This. Acura is now proposing an oil change interval of 15,000 miles on the new TSX

    That said, I still change my oil every 3500 miles....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex View Post
    4000 mile oil change intervals are just a ploy to make money
    Makes me scared to find out what the new, improved replacement ploy might be...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudferret View Post
    Makes me scared to find out what the new, improved replacement ploy might be...


    I'm sure there are many of them already in place...

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