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Stupid question but you're checking the oil level before you start the engine? Trying to check the oil level when the engine is running may give the effect you are describing.
If you can't read the oil level in the engine, how do you know when to stop adding oil when you do an oil change? If the dipstick is all black, it's possible that you could have flooded the crank case with oil and the oil level you're seeing is real (ie, way past full). Overfilling the crankcase will result in engine damage.
It could be that you have a build up of sludge in the dipstick tube that is adhering to the dipstick. Have you tried removing the dipstick tube and cleaning it out? If you remove the dipstick tube and oil runs out the hole, you have overfilled the crankcase. If that's the case, drain a quart of oil out, replace the dipstick tube, add a cup of oil at a time, checking between additions until the level is between the marks.
Last edited by CapnHand; 07-07-2007 at 11:33 AM.