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    reading dipstick

    Hi guys;

    Does anyone besides me have a hard time reading the dipstick? The oil in my car is very clean and quite thin. Several times I have pulled the dipstick and thought the oil was low when it wasn't. the oil level meniscus against the red material on the dipstick is very very small. I usually have to wipe it several times, and even then, Im not sure if I have read it right. Any ideas?

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    Make sure you carefully clean all the oil off the dipstick, then insert and remove the dipstick and try to view it in good light at an angle that allows you to differentiate the glossy portion of the dipstick (i.e.,coated with oil) vs. the flatter finish of the non-oil coated portion of the dipstick.