1988 PORSCHE 911 OIL LEVEL

  • Tiny
  • Larry Young
  • 1988 Porsche 911
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • manual
  • 43,345 miles

I recently purchased a 1988 Porsche 911 that has a significant oil leak. I don't want to over fill it, but also don't want to start it to check the oil level. What should the diptstick show with the car level and the engine cold?

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Sunday, December 5th, 2010 AT 11:12 PM

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  • rasmataz
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It should be on the full mark if its filled correctly-not over or under when engine is fully warmed-up

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Monday, December 6th, 2010 AT 12:40 AM
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Thank you. My concern is what the dip stick should show when the engine is cold, i.E, I want to be certain there is adequate oil in the engine before starting it, but don't want to inadvertently overfill it before starting. Will the dipstick reading show a lower or higher level after the engine warms up?

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Monday, December 6th, 2010 AT 6:32 PM
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You need to start it up till the engine gets to the normal operating temperature-shut it off and wait for 5 mins, then check the oil level-This is where you can tell if it needs oil

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Monday, December 6th, 2010 AT 6:43 PM
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When the engine is cold it won't even show up on the dipstick due to having a dry sump system. Start the engine with as little as 5 qts in it and let it warm up, add oil while engine is idling and check with dipstick.

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Sunday, December 26th, 2010 AT 3:04 AM

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