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Old 06-10-2021, 07:21 PM   #1
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How accurate is dash oil level gauge?

2000 freightliner Winnebago...

I usually park on a slope, so dipstick less helpful...

How accurate is the dash oil gauge?
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I think itís reasonably accurate. Mine reads in the 20ís at idle and 50ís when running down the road at 1500 rpm. Those pressures may not be right on, but the fact that it displays the difference between idle and driving gives me an idea of whatís going on, that I have oil pressure, and that it increases with RPM, and isnít just an on/off electronic idiot gauge.
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I am unaware of ANY oil LEVEL gauge for an engineÖ.I have only seen oil PRESSURE gauges.

The Allison transmission will read the oil level if the coach is level and the oil is at the correct operating temperature.
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I am unaware of ANY oil LEVEL gauge for an engineÖ.I have only seen oil PRESSURE gauges.

The Allison transmission will read the oil level if the coach is level and the oil is at the correct operating temperature.
I thought thatís what he meant. But now that you mention it, since heís talking about checking oil on a slope.....maybe not
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Itís definitely an oil level gauge... donít have an oil pressure gauge though can see it with the reader.
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Itís definitely an oil level gauge... donít have an oil pressure gauge though can see it with the reader.

I think parking on a slope would make ANY gauge or dipstick inaccurate. How about checking oil when fueling up? Should be level there.
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Ya, I am with the "no oil LEVEL" gauge on the engine crowd.


Allison transmission-- absolutely.


What engine do you have that has an oil level sensor???
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Ya, I am with the "no oil LEVEL" gauge on the engine crowd.


Allison transmission-- absolutely.


What engine do you have that has an oil level sensor???
Freightliner with cat 3126... 2000
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Freightliner with cat 3126... 2000

Call Caterpillar Corp with your engine serial number and ask them about any oil level sensor they installed on that engine.


Caterpillar: 877 777-3126.


If Caterpillar didn't install one, call Freightliner with your VIN and ask them about any oil level sensor they installed.


Freightliner 800 385-4357.
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2000 freightliner Winnebago...

I usually park on a slope, so dipstick less helpful...

How accurate is the dash oil gauge?
Does it show a level with the engine off ?
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I be personally have never heard of or seen a dash mounted oil level gauge. Oil pressure gauge is just that, it will read oil pressure until the pan is to low to pickup. At point it is to late and your engine most likely will be toast. Even if I had a gauge that would show oil level I would still mechanically check the oil periodically.

I think in my lifetime I have owned or operated several hundred heavy duty trucks and honestly I have never seen a oil level gauge. Please post a picture of the gauge.
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Itís definitely an oil level gauge... donít have an oil pressure gauge though can see it with the reader.
Can you post a picture? Or a link to a picture? I'd love to see it.
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I too have never seem an oil level gauge and I worked on all sorts of heavy and construction equipment.
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Here you go... gauge is top right...

Goes to just left of middle when running...

Not an oil pressure gauge, as it does not vacillate with rpm...

Does change when parked on incline...

If that’s supposed to be an oil pressure gauge, it’s the weirdest oil pressure gauge I’ve ever seen. Oil pressure is fine, checked with bluefire and all’s well...
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