AnswerID: 165982 Submitted: Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 18:19
David from Engine Saver Low Water Alarms
I think you have already answered your own question.
"WHEN I RECIEVE MY VEHICLE BACK AFTER A SERVICE I ALWAYS CHECK THE ENGINE OIL LEVEL AFTER SHUTTING DOWN THE MOTOR FOR 5-10 MINUTES AND IT IS NEVER AT THE FULL MARK MAYBE 5MILLS DOWN FROM THE FULL MARK AS THE OIL IS DRAINING DOWN STILL."
If you are still in any doubt, drain the oil and refill with the quantity recommended by the manufacturer.
Check both hot & cold.
You will have your answer.
Normal passenger vehicles should be checked after the oil has had time to run down to the sump. Otherwise when you check it cold as after an overnight stop it will read high.
Commercial engines, mining equiptment & marine engines are often designed to be checked hot & running, the same as most automatic transmissions.
Not really a "stupid question" though, full marks for asking it.
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