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This is a discussion on checking oil within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; hi i am a new member i have recently purchased a 2001 subaru impreza wagon wrx, does anyone know what ...

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    Question checking oil

    hi i am a new member i have recently purchased a 2001 subaru impreza wagon wrx, does anyone know what type of oil i should put in it and do you check the oil the same as any other car (do you leave it sitting cold to check dipstick?) cheers kaney

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    yes you do. check when its cold

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    o yea. use Mobil 1 Synthetic oil

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    I let the car run for a little bit before checking the dip stick, let it run through for a minure or 2, but that may just be me
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    Check it running, on a hill.


    Ok, really. It doesnt matter a huge bit warm or cold as long as its near the full mark. If it has been running, let it sit for a few minutes to let the oil drain back into the crankcase for an accurate read. FYI, the space between full and add is usually one quart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom'sti View Post
    Check it running, on a hill.


    Ok, really. It doesnt matter a huge bit warm or cold as long as its near the full mark. If it has been running, let it sit for a few minutes to let the oil drain back into the crankcase for an accurate read. FYI, the space between full and add is usually one quart.
    it does actually. you don't check it while its warm. For Example after you drove your car for a long time and shut it off, pull the dip stick. that will give you an inaccurate reading. its better cold.

    this is what i do when i change my oil. Change oil + filter, put in new oil, make sure everything is tight. Run the car for about 1 minute. shut it off, check the level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pTx415 View Post
    it does actually. you don't check it while its warm. For Example after you drove your car for a long time and shut it off, pull the dip stick. that will give you an inaccurate reading. its better cold.

    this is what i do when i change my oil. Change oil + filter, put in new oil, make sure everything is tight. Run the car for about 1 minute. shut it off, check the level.
    Make sure you have someone else shut it off so you can pull the stick right when the crank stops turning, right?
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    When we are saying check it while its warm no one meant go run at the track on a 105 degree day then check it, i meant run it for a minute or 2 then check it
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    Quote Originally Posted by xMDxWRX View Post
    When we are saying check it while its warm no one meant go run at the track on a 105 degree day then check it, i meant run it for a minute or 2 then check it
    Nobody said it, but I will

    go run at the track on a 105 degree day then check it

    when I change my oil I put 4.5qts in, turn it on for a minute or 2 so the oil goes into the oil filter, then I top it off at full.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom'sti View Post
    Make sure you have someone else shut it off so you can pull the stick right when the crank stops turning, right?
    okay.....



    Quote Originally Posted by xMDxWRX View Post
    When we are saying check it while its warm no one meant go run at the track on a 105 degree day then check it, i meant run it for a minute or 2 then check it
    well its implied! who knows what "warm" means to ppl. could be running for 1 hour, shut it off, and check it. btw. runing it for 1 minute, won't make it warm.

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    chechking oil

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    Quote Originally Posted by pTx415 View Post
    it does actually. you don't check it while its warm. For Example after you drove your car for a long time and shut it off, pull the dip stick. that will give you an inaccurate reading. its better cold.
    Hot or cold it really makes no difference as long as the oil has had sufficient time to drain back into the pan. If you shut off the car after driving it and you immediately check the level, you will still have have oil that has yet to make it into the pan.

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    It doesnt matter a huge bit warm or cold as long as its near the full mark. If it has been running, let it sit for a few minutes to let the oil drain back into the crankcase for an accurate read.
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    Run it until your temp gauge gets to where it sits when you drive it. Go home and shut the car off and let sit for 5 mins. Then go check your oil level after all the oil has gone back into the pan.

    At that point it should be in between your 2 dots.

    FYI, oil expands when it heats up. If you fill it to 4.8 quarts cold, it will look like over 5.5 quarts warm. That's not good.
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