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argatoga

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As part of the chassis lubrication system my truck requires oil to be added between changes. Not having a dip stick and be reliant on the elections could easily be disastrous.
 

argatoga

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My skim reading skills have deteriorated horribly. :(
 

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It's the same sort of "clean" language as tidbit vs titbit. I say shun such language, embreace the prophane!
 

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I've struggled (and mostly given up...I check my own car my way) to explain to my Dad that, no, dipsticks don't become less accurate with age. The convo wen't a bit like this:

Me: I'm going to add oil to my car
Him: Ok
*watches because he's coming along with me somewhere*
Him: you know, you should probably add more
Me: The level is within at the top of the range, it's fine
Him: You should really add more oil, the cars old, that reading could be inaccurate
Me: Ok fine *pretends to add more oil while he gets in the car, while thinking:*


One can guess where I didn't get my limited knowledge of car mechanicals from. :lol:
 

narf

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The weird thing is, if the reading is inaccurate it might actually already be overfilled. Adding more in that case could be catastrophic.
 

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He's probably thinking of car instrumentation, such as oil pressure gauges, fuel gauges, etc. Those, I believe, can become less accurate over time, but not enough to really make a difference unless it fails entirely.
 

argatoga

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Explain to him that a metal stick tends to not degrade quickly.
 

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He's probably thinking of car instrumentation, such as oil pressure gauges, fuel gauges, etc. Those, I believe, can become less accurate over time, but not enough to really make a difference unless it fails entirely.
:nod: however, when dealing with inaccurate readings, your best course of action is to aim for the middle and regularly re-check. Without knowing the direction of the inaccuracy or its jitter you risk under- or overfilling otherwise.


Explain to him that a metal stick tends to not degrade quickly.
If it rusted away at the bottom I suggest an oil change.
 

argatoga

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:nod: however, when dealing with inaccurate readings, your best course of action is to aim for the middle and regularly re-check. Without knowing the direction of the inaccuracy or its jitter you risk under- or overfilling otherwise.




If it rusted away at the bottom I suggest an oil change.
If it is rusting away he has bigger problems.
 

argatoga

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Having bits of rust flowing through the engine won't be cured by an oil change (and no the filter won't pick up everything).
 
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