Go Back  Jaguar Forums - Jaguar Enthusiasts Forum > Jaguar Models ( Modern ) > XK8 / XKR ( X100 )
Reload this Page >

Oil dip stick without any oil on it, top up with oil?

XK8 / XKR ( X100 ) 1996 - 2006

Oil dip stick without any oil on it, top up with oil?

 
  #1  
Old 11-23-2012, 03:17 AM
jagosaurus's Avatar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 379
Received 6 Likes on 5 Posts
Question Oil dip stick without any oil on it, top up with oil?

Just tested the oil level with the dipstick, engine off and cold, and the stick did not have any oil on it, only the tip perhaps.

Is there too little oil or did I do something wrong? If the former, is it ok to just top up with the same oil as the last change?
 
  #2  
Old 11-23-2012, 04:19 AM
plums's Avatar
Veteran Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: on-the-edge
Posts: 9,731
Received 2,117 Likes on 1,585 Posts
Default

First thing before starting after a long rest is just about the best time to check your oil.

The normal procedure for checking your oil:

1. pull out dipstick, note the oil level -- if it has been standing a long time, this will normally not change in the next steps.

2. wipe oil from dipstick with paper towel, tissue or rag

3. reinsert dipstick into dipstick tube to the bottom

4. pull dipstick and again read the oil level

if it is between the low and high marks, you are within spec

if there is no oil or it is below the low mark, add oil

for top up, use any quality oil meeting the spec. using the same oil as the last change is certainly ok.

Pictures can be found in your vehicle maintenance manual in the black vinyl folder.
 
  #3  
Old 01-08-2013, 11:13 AM
Soot II's Avatar
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Treasure Coast, FL
Posts: 10
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 1 Post
Default

Just a guick note on reading the dip stick. I found trying to get an accurate reading with fresh oil difficult for these tired old eyes, especially in low light situations. My solution was to paint the bottom few inches of the dip stick with a black "Sharie". It does wear off after a few thousand miles, but it makes a world of differance in getting an accurate reading.

JS
 
  #4  
Old 01-08-2013, 12:18 PM
maxwdg's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Kansas City Area
Posts: 279
Received 60 Likes on 33 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Soot II View Post
paint the bottom few inches of the dip stick with a black "Sharie".
That's an interesting idea, but did you mean black "Sharpie"? As in the marker pens?
 
  #5  
Old 01-08-2013, 12:26 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Perth Ontario Canada
Posts: 11,058
Received 2,202 Likes on 1,804 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by plums View Post
First thing before starting after a long rest is just about the best time to check your oil.

The normal procedure for checking your oil:

1. pull out dipstick, note the oil level -- if it has been standing a long time, this will normally not change in the next steps.

2. wipe oil from dipstick with paper towel, tissue or rag

3. reinsert dipstick into dipstick tube to the bottom

4. pull dipstick and again read the oil level

if it is between the low and high marks, you are within spec

if there is no oil or it is below the low mark, add oil

for top up, use any quality oil meeting the spec. using the same oil as the last change is certainly ok.

Pictures can be found in your vehicle maintenance manual in the black vinyl folder.
+1. It would also be a good idea to keep a close eye on the oil level to see if there's a consumption problem. Our engines don't typically use enough between oil changes to require a top up.
 
  #6  
Old 01-08-2013, 01:41 PM
Veteran Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 9,837
Received 2,082 Likes on 1,583 Posts
Default

Agreed. Once you top up your oil, check it at least every couple of days for the next couple of weeks prior to engine start-up. And look carefully underneath the car for any telltale signs of oil leaks. But if it is indeed a consumption problem rather than a leak, you won't see that on the ground....
 
  #7  
Old 01-08-2013, 01:57 PM
GGG's Avatar
GGG
GGG is online now
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Durham, UK
Posts: 108,909
Received 10,253 Likes on 8,430 Posts
Default

+1 to Plums procedure

NOTE: if the vehicle is not on level ground, you will get a false reading on the dipstick.

Down at the front or over to the right will typically give a false low reading. Up at the front or over to the left will give a false high reading because of the shallowness of the oil pan and the position of the dipstick tube.

Graham
 

Last edited by GGG; 01-08-2013 at 02:00 PM.
  #8  
Old 01-08-2013, 05:08 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Newberry SC
Posts: 404
Received 69 Likes on 54 Posts
Default

The first question I would have did you check your oil after it was change? Most U.S. cars hold around 5 quarts. The Jag requires 7.5 quarts. The local shop that changed mine had no idea how much oil was required. This could possibly be why your oil level is so low, and the reason why i now change it myself. Jim
 
  #9  
Old 01-10-2013, 12:55 PM
Soot II's Avatar
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Treasure Coast, FL
Posts: 10
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 1 Post
Default

"Sharpie" is correct. Try it, you'll be suprised how much easier it is to read the "stick". I have an 05 XK8 with 50K miles on it and it has consistantly used 1/2 quart every 2K miles for the last 20K miles. No signs of leaks or smoke. My wife has an 04 XJ8 with 58K miles and I can't remember when I last had to add oil. I figured my more agressive driving style might be a contributing factor.
 
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
bamforp
XK8 / XKR ( X100 )
6
02-21-2019 01:40 PM
ZJag
S-Type / S type R Supercharged V8 ( X200 )
26
09-05-2016 03:33 PM
TXJagR
F-Type ( X152 )
32
06-20-2016 01:02 PM
Scarecrow
XJ XJ6 / XJR6 ( X300 )
27
03-28-2016 03:17 AM
giandanielxk8
XK8 / XKR ( X100 )
7
09-06-2015 07:21 PM

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Oil dip stick without any oil on it, top up with oil?


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: