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Old Jul 1st, 2010, 18:34   #1
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Default D3 Dipstick location

Hearing all the controversy of rising oil levels I wondered if I would be able to check the oil level manually on my D3 engine .

There does appear to be a dipstick with two pronged clamps to keep it firmly in its location.


Can anyone familiar with the D range confirm this is the correct dipstick upon looking at the photo of it please?
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Old Jul 1st, 2010, 21:39   #2
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This is a better photo of oil level dipstick on the D3 is this the same position as on 2010 2.4 & D5?
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This is a better photo of oil level dipstick on the D3 is this the same position as on 2010 2.4 & D5?
yep looks like the same one - hadn't noticed the clips before though (have to admit I haven't really looked)
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yep looks like the same one - hadn't noticed the clips before though (have to admit I haven't really looked)
wimorrison Do you ever check your oil level using this awkwardly located dip stick or do you rely on the electronic level indicator?


What do others do?
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The dipstick is only for "service use" you should rely on the electronic readout Its highly sophistcated it works on the ultrasonic sonar principle AND it will warn you if the level is too high :-)
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Yup its the same on my D5. And I wouldn't trust the electronic dipstick ..
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I'm not sure I could resist using the dipstick, the tried and trusted way for years.
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Yup its the same on my D5. And I wouldn't trust the electronic dipstick ..
why wouldnt you trust it ? Have you tested it by comparing the readout with the actual level ? easy enough . Remember it can take 20 miles to stabalise after an oil change . It is not just a float it sends ultrasonic waves from the bottom to the top of the oil and works out how long the signal takes to be bounced back and averages it out .. quite sophisticated ..
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"just one ping capt'n"

i just have visions of being a u-boat captain, and sending a single ping to establish where the enemy are...like on the films.

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"just one ping capt'n"

i just have visions of being a u-boat captain, and sending a single ping to establish where the enemy are...like on the films.

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