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Old 07-10-2011, 06:34 PM   #1
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Dip Stick

The 2003 Excursion that I recently purchased runs well but I also noticed that the oil dipstick is well above full. I did not change the oil yet but did check it when purchased. I really dont remember it being that far above full but was concerned that either it has been over filled or is increasing in some way, any insight on this? thanks in advance Michael

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Old 07-10-2011, 08:12 PM   #2
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Was the rig level both times when you checked the oil? If not, that could explain some of the difference.

Either way, I think I would change the oil ASAP. There's really only 2 fluid sources that could increase the oil level; engine coolant or fuel and neither alternative is a good one. If you can't visually see something wrong with the drained oil, I'd send a sample for testing. Blackstone Labs does a good job of testing.

Then on the other hand, maybe it was just overfilled. If it's a Cat engine, they had some problems with inaccurate dipsticks.

Good luck and let us know what you find.

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Old 07-11-2011, 10:19 PM   #3
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when i was at monaco a while back i ask a mechanic why my oil was way above the full mark and he said that a lot of dip sticks are not the right size for the engine and espeacially diesels. Call the engine manufacture and tell them the engine you have and ask them how much oil including the filter that is suppose to be put in then after you do that mark the dip stick and that will then be your full level, good luck
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