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Ok I know this may be a really lame question, but when is the best time to check your oil???
Is it when the car has been sitting for awhile, ie. check it first thing in the morning?
Is it when the car has been run but then has sat for about 8hrs or so.. ie. check it when I leave the office?
Is it when the car has been just run really hard?? ie.. right when I get home from work after throttling the car substantially on the expressway?
Is it when the car has just been run for a short period of time at normal speeds?? ie hop in the car after work an drive to the closest gas station and check the oil??
SO which is it?? should it be checked with the car turned off or on??

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I've always heard that you should check it when it's slightly warm. The example I was given was to check it after you're done filling up the gas tank so it has sat for only like five minutes and is still warm.

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I've been told that you should check after the car has been sitting a LONG time. That way all the oil has had time to drain into the oil pan. I could be wrong though, this is just advice from others.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Ferrd:
RTFM? Could someone shed some light on this one?

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I realize it's a simple question, but there have allready been a few contrasting answers so obviously it's not SO straigtforward...

I have a 94 prelude.. that did not come with a manual.. sorry.... so I can't RTFM.. which is why I turn to you guys and the EVER so helpful oOOOOOo.. JEEZ


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Sensible answer...
It is best to check the oil level when the engine is cold. This is because the dipstick reaches into the oil pan to get a reading. If the engine is warm then oil will still be in the engine and not the pan itself, therefore the dipstick will show an inaccurate reading. So, basically, check the oil in the morning after the car has stood for a few hours and all oil is in the pan. This will give you an accurate measurement of how much oil is in the pan.
Also, don't think that if the oil is nearly at the bottom marker on the dipstick that the oil is nearly all gone, this means purely that the oil level is nearing the minimum requirements that Honda recommend for engine longevity and oil pressure. Remember that there is nearly six quarts (approx.) of oil in the pan when it is full and the amount of oil that it takes to move between maximum and minimum on the dipstick is aboput 1.5 quarts so there is still alot of oil left in the engine to offer a degree of protection.
Anyway (takes a deep breath), always check your oil level when the car is cold, preferably after few hours.
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Cool.. thanks for the info, it is appreciated....


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Glad I could help
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UK VTEC is mistaken. Check the oil when it's warm, not running, on level groud.

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I'm sorry, but it should be checked when it's cold.
Why should it be checked when warm??

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by grnlude97:
UK VTEC is mistaken. Check the oil when it's warm, not running, on level groud.

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Errr...i guess the question wasn't so simple.


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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by a1andres:
I have a 94 prelude.. that did not come with a manual.. sorry.... so I can't RTFM.. which is why I turn to you guys and the EVER so helpful oOOOOOo.. JEEZ </font>
why does ooOoOOOOOoooooo have so much power again??.....



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Ok you ALWAYS check the oil level when WARM!! If for any other reason than it says so in the Helms manual. I'm staring at it right now. Run the car, let it sit for a few minutes (3 or so) and check the oil.

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