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Put oil in car but dry dipstick? 2000 VW Golf 1.6 Auto


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lewissmorgann
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Sep 12, 2015, 8:29 AM

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About a month ago I purchased a 2000 1.6 Golf auto from a local dealer.

Driving home last night, a serious oil warning light came on about half a mile from my home (Oil symbol appeared on dashboard, then "STOP" in big letters, then disappeared). I checked the dipstick as soon as I got home, and it was pretty bone dry.

I went to the supermarket and bought 2 litres of 5w30 (VW reccomended) oil and started filling it up. I put in about a litre, gave it 5-10mins to settle in before checking it. Still dry. Then I ran the engine for a bit and checked again. A small amount of oil showed at the bottom of the dipstick, almost to the min mark- but after I wiped it and dipped it back in, it was dry again.

I let it sit overnight and tried again this morning- putting the other litre in (now 2litres of oil in there). Again, gave it 5-10 minutes to settle before checking, but it's still dry. Ran the engine for a bit, got the same result of a little but of oil showing up around the min mark (despite there now being twice as much in there) but after wiping it, it was dry again with maybe a couple millimeters of oil showing at the very very bottom of the dipstick.

I have checked for leaks/spills (although I'm no expert) and there is nothing dripping from anywhere (aside from a slight bit of condensation/water coming from the exhaust when I started it this morning).

I was wondering what action I should take, if any, before I go and spend another £16 on another 2litres of F**king oil.

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Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 12, 2015, 8:53 AM

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Quote">>I was wondering what action I should take, if any, before I go and spend another £16 on another 2litres of F**king oil.<<"


You should see what an engine costs!
IDK total capacity for this but some will make oil pressure and no warning way too low - more than two liters low possible before warned.


Don't count on warnings either - check oil on an older now car by dipstick manually not counting on a light that means toooo late really.


What I would do is find out the total capacity for a "oil and filter" change and change it now. Screw the cost of an oil change but do so purposely filling it to the "ADD" line/marker which is probably 1 liter and see if it's correct. Then add the other and see if it's really full at the right spot.


That just to know if dipstick is right for the engine! Now need to know where the oil is going. If you didn't know a month ago when you got it that info isn't available I guess. If you have any warranty for this bring this up and let them do it.


Point will be where the oil is lost and if normal, wear, a leak or what and you need to know,


T
(added on edit) PS: Many dipsticks will not read when more than about 1.5 liter's low at all. Rough guess is this car hold about 4 liters total with filter and the crude light types would warn you when as low as only 1-1.5 liters left. You really don't want to go there ever with any vehicle.........



(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Sep 12, 2015, 9:06 AM)


Hammer Time
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Sep 12, 2015, 2:07 PM

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I checked the dipstick as soon as I got home, and it was pretty bone dry.



The cost of the oil is the least of your worries. You're likely going to be looking for a new engine after that.



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Discretesignals
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Sep 12, 2015, 2:08 PM

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Driving home last night, a serious oil warning light came on about half a mile from my home (Oil symbol appeared on dashboard, then "STOP" in big letters, then disappeared). I checked the dipstick as soon as I got home, and it was pretty bone dry.


So the oil pressure warning light comes on and you drive the car a half mile before you check the oil level? hmmm

If it isn't leaking oil, it has to be burning it. Maybe you should get it up on a lift and check underneath.





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