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Re: When is the best time to check oil?

Checking the oil is one the checks I do BEFORE starting an engine. I also check the coolant overflow (Heater exchanger level, if no overflow) and belts. We also check the absorbent pad below the engine. I give both the water separator and sea strain a peek. And check out the bilge.

Of course, we all do this with our cars too.

Checking belts and the heater exchanger on a hot engine just hurts too much.

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Re: When is the best time to check oil?

Check oil every morning if actively cruising. Otherwise, before starting for the first time each day.

As for most accurate, check after changing oil and filter. What ever it measures on the dipstick at that time, is an accurate reflection of "full".

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Re: When is the best time to check oil?

i agree that the oil should be checked before starting but be sure to wipe the stick and reinsert because oil will sometimes climb higher than the actual level,actually the best time to check is anytime you suspect it could be low,hot or cold,just allow a few minutes for most of the oil is draned back into the pan
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Re: When is the best time to check oil?

The best time to check the oil is before it is too late.
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Re: When is the best time to check oil?

Allways check just before start up and immediately after oil change. Worked for me the past 20+ years. Also works for most armies that run 1000s of vehicles in extreme conditions.
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