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First of all, i did search and had no luck and I know Prelude is famous for oil burning. Well, my 01 prelude has two dots on the oil dipstick and i have no idea what it mean. My guess is the dot #1 is stand for Full and the dot #3 is stand for Low, correct me if I'm wrong. Well, i have an oil changed as 82,000 and oil level on the dipstick is at dot #2 (filled with 5qt) and now it at 82,800 the oil level is dropped to dot #3. O_O My car has no leak under the engine--not even a single drop. This is second time it happen since i brought the car, and my previous oil change is filled to dot #2 and after 2,000miles the oil is dropped to dot #3 and it stay there until the next oil change. So, Is the oil level support to be at dot #1 or dot #2? or Is it ok at dot #3? Plz help.
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Re: Oil dipstick question

I fill mine up to the 1st dot... Correct me if I'm wrong, but your oil should be at the first dot. My lude burns a lot of oil too.
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Re: Oil dipstick question

did you just have the car running?
because you need to let it sit at least 10 mins to let a good amount of the oil flow back down into the pan.
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Re: Oil dipstick question

O_O my mechanic says it ok at dot #2 . My dad's 06 Accord oil lvl is stay between dot 2 and 3, and I have no idea where it should stay. xD

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did you just have the car running?
because you need to let it sit at least 10 mins to let a good amount of the oil flow back down into the pan.
No, I have park the car for almost 7hr. If i just have run the car then the oil is drop even below dot 3.

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Re: Oil dipstick question

mind you i;m depolyed right now and havent seen my lude in like 4 months(sucks so bad!) .. or really any normal car/truck. but if i remember right, there is two holes at the end of the dip stick. the bottom one being the minimum oil you should have in(after letting it sit like pr0d1gy9 said) and the top one is the maximum amount you should run(once again like after letting it sit like pr0d1gy9 said).

side note also. just because our ludes tend to burn oil doesnt mean you can add extra oil ie above the top whole. just add to it if its low(or getting close to being low). having too much oil in it can cause all kinds of problems.
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Should i add extra oil until it get to the top dot? My mechanic filled it with 76 oil 5w-30 i guess, and i have a bottle of Mobil sit in the house. Is it ok to mix two different brand of oil?
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Re: Oil dipstick question

i mix brands all the time, just make sure its the same viscosity and synthetic/non-synth.

our cars love to burn oil, its a fact. just carry some extra oil in your trunk, as well as checking your oil at EVERY gas station to make sure your not running extremely low.
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i mix brands all the time, just make sure its the same viscosity and synthetic/non-synth.

our cars love to burn oil, its a fact. just carry some extra oil in your trunk, as well as checking your oil at EVERY gas station to make sure your not running extremely low.
My car doesn't run extremely low. In fact, it tends to staying at bottom dot. Did u fill the oil to the top dot?

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our cars love to burn oil, its a fact. just carry some extra oil in your trunk, as well as checking your oil at EVERY gas station to make sure your not running extremely low.
X2!!! So True. I keep a bottle in my trunk no matter what.
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X2!!! So True. I keep a bottle in my trunk no matter what.
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Re: Oil dipstick question

oh ya. wouldnt leave home with out it. lol
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Re: Oil dipstick question

Ya I'm always checking my oil lol..its like a ritual. After finally getting all the leaks fixed that I could I have the oil usage pretty well minimized but I still have to add some sometimes.

Now if I could just figure out this low oil pressure.
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i guess, i should keep one bottle in the trunk. :D
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Re: Oil dipstick question

the space between the two dots is equal to one quart of oil. remember that. i try to keep it between the two
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Yeah it's definitely supposed to be between the dots, so go buy a quart of some 5W-30, unless that's not what you normally put in.
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Re: Oil dipstick question

i always fill my oil to the first dot, the top level which would be 5qts total in your car i believe. If it gets low i let it go until it gets like between dot 3 and 2 then i refill it. Unless im going on a long drive i always fill it to the top.
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Yeah it's definitely supposed to be between the dots, so go buy a quart of some 5W-30, unless that's not what you normally put in.
Yup, that's what my mechanic told me. My dad 06 Accord has the oil level stay between two dots too. Weird Honda should make a stick that says Full and Low.
After a while, my oil is drop to the lowest dot and stop there. I guess my car like to stay "Low"
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i always fill my oil to the first dot, the top level which would be 5qts total in your car i believe. If it gets low i let it go until it gets like between dot 3 and 2 then i refill it. Unless im going on a long drive i always fill it to the top.
I saw my mechanic put 5qts (he says Honda engine drink between 4.5-5qts) in the engine and the oil is only get to the dot 2.
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Re: Oil dipstick question

I keep an extra quart of oil in my trunk as well. Ideally you'd like your oil level to be right in between the two dots.
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I keep an extra quart of oil in my trunk as well. Ideally you'd like your oil level to be right in between the two dots.
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Okay, going by the numbers you have put on there. Your oil is full when it is at number 1. anywhere between 1 and 3 is your safe mark. when it drops to 3, that means add oil. the 5th gen preludes take 4.8 litres of oil. Now 1000ML equals 1 litre. 946ml equals 1 quart. I normally just run 5 litres in my car and then im good for 5000 kms. That extra .2L isnt going to effect the engine. But as everyone is saying, keep a litre of oil in your trunk. Our cars are brutal when it comes to burning oil and its safer to have the oil in the back and not use it then it is to need it and not have it. Also about mixing the oils; take 5w30 for example, the 5w is for winter. this is the thickness that the oil will run at when the motor is cold. The 30 is the viscosity; this is what the motor will be running at when it is warm. It is better to add what you already have. name brands dont matter. if your running synthetic, dont top up with conventional and vice versa. Now with that said, any oil in the car is better then none. if your low, you put in what ever you can until you can change it out and put what the factory recommends. Hope this helped
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Hey :guys . I was going to put some imput but i saw coachroy put it just right . That's the best answer .
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Okay, going by the numbers you have put on there. Your oil is full when it is at number 1. anywhere between 1 and 3 is your safe mark. when it drops to 3, that means add oil. the 5th gen preludes take 4.8 litres of oil. Now 1000ML equals 1 litre. 946ml equals 1 quart. I normally just run 5 litres in my car and then im good for 5000 kms. That extra .2L isnt going to effect the engine. But as everyone is saying, keep a litre of oil in your trunk. Our cars are brutal when it comes to burning oil and its safer to have the oil in the back and not use it then it is to need it and not have it. Also about mixing the oils; take 5w30 for example, the 5w is for winter. this is the thickness that the oil will run at when the motor is cold. The 30 is the viscosity; this is what the motor will be running at when it is warm. It is better to add what you already have. name brands dont matter. if your running synthetic, dont top up with conventional and vice versa. Now with that said, any oil in the car is better then none. if your low, you put in what ever you can until you can change it out and put what the factory recommends. Hope this helped
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3 is the minimum ans 1 is full. it should be between the two dots.
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I need some help. What does the streak of oil I consistantly get mean, should I count that as the level or just stick to the even line?

At first I was getting the following, ranging from under dot 3 or sort of halfway with a high streak past the 2nd dot.




I believe I overfilled. Now I'm getting the following image. Inbetween the dots but with a high oil streak


I thought I barely put any in but I guess it went a long way. Is this a problem and do I include the streak in my measurement or only the even line?

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I need some help. What does the streak of oil I consistantly get mean, should I count that as the level or just stick to the even line?

At first I was getting the following, ranging from under dot 3 or sort of halfway with a high streak past dot 3




I believe I overfilled. Now I'm getting the following image. Inbetween at dot 2 but with a high oil streak


I thought I barely put any in but I guess it went a long way. Is this a problem and do I include the streak in my measurement or only the even line?
after you pull the dip stick are you cleaning it with a rag then putting back in all the way then pulling it out and checking it?

You could be really low, it shouldn't look like that.
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Yes.

- Got an oil change about 3/4 weeks ago.
- Cars been sitting for more than 12 hours.
- On the flat surface in my garage, it could be on a slight upward incline not noticable to the eyes since my car will slightly roll back in neuteral.
- I pull the dipstick out, wipe, put it back in with the same results every time in both scenarios

Could you describe what you mean when you say "it shouldn't look like that" What specifically is unusual? There was a small thick drop at the bottom of the stick that when I held it upright for the photo was absorbed into the paper towel.
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- Got an oil change about 3/4 weeks ago.
- Cars been sitting for more than 12 hours.
- On the flat surface in my garage, it could be on a slight upward incline not noticable to the eyes since my car will slightly roll back in neuteral.
- I pull the dipstick out, wipe, put it back in with the same results every time in both scenarios

Could you describe what you mean when you say "it shouldn't look like that" What specifically is unusual? There was a small thick drop at the bottom of the stick that when I held it upright for the photo was absorbed into the paper towel.

In the first and second pic look like the oil isn't even showing up on the stick, on the third pic it looks like its at the low level to me, I would ignore the oil that is running down the side. There should be a line that you can see going 90 degrees across the dip stick.
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Thanks for your help. Here are some clearer images of where it is now.

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So it has to be a thick line it can't be thin? Is it a big deal if I go over the 2nd dot/max line slightly?
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