Why is the dipstick showing low oil level but the engine has 3 litres of oil stored?

Tiny
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  • 2007 VAUXHALL ASTRA
  • 61,000 MILES

The dipstick was bone dry when I checked it the other day. Today the mechanic drained 3 litres of oil out of the car. Why was the dipstick dry even though there was 3 litres of oil in the car. I checked the dipstick in the morning before car was driven on a level surface.

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Friday, August 10th, 2012 AT 1:53 PM

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Tiny
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Could be the wrong dipstick, tube may have moved out or the return holes are clogged and oil is in the upper end

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Friday, August 10th, 2012 AT 2:19 PM
Tiny
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What is the recommended oil quantity for drain and fill?

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