If you have maintained the engine, it will be clean inside. Thus, it will be hard to see. Plus, the only 99.9% of the oil will be in the pan where you can't see it. From above, it will just look wet.
How long has it been since the oil was last changed? I am really questioning if the gauge is correct. Your description sounds like it is low and takes a few seconds to get pressure when started cold. Once the engine is warmed, the oil is already there, so you most likely wouldn't hear any noise on starting the vehicle.
Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 AT 9:57 AM