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Vovo 2020/30 Oil Check

Does anyone have advice on how to get an accurate reading on the dipstick with a Volvo 2020 or 2030.

Should the oil be checked after the engine has been run? How long do you wait ... or should you check cold.
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I don''t think it is an issue - as long as you are talking about the engine oil. Hot or cold - should be close enough. Cold might read a bit high and warm a bit low, but not enough to make any difference.
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Sailor-man,

I have a Volvo D2-55 diesel. I agree with whoulihan. You are correct to suspect a difference: Cold, the oil has fully drained to the crank case and could be expected to be a bit higher. In fact the difference between cold and waiting for 5-10 min after shutting down the engine is negligible. From the Operator''s Manual... "Wait a few minutes before checking the oil level to give the oil time to run down to the oil pan."
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