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jimmygez1961

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question I have a 2021 when I check my oil in the morning for the first time its a quart shy but if I try it again its full to me the first reading is right its been sitting all night so all the oil is in the pan I wonder if anyone has had the same problem
 

saxman242

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Oil should not be checked first thing in the morning after the vehicle sits all night. You want to check it on a warm engine that's been running.

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SunKing

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Yea you always want to check the oil when it’s warm. The next time you run to the store or something just try it again once you get home.
 

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When I check mine its cold and in the garage. I pull the stick out and it checks a quart low. I wipe it off, reinsert the stick for a couple seconds and it checks full.
Try that
Doesn’t make sense to me but I have 9900 miles and it uses no oil.
 

saxman242

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Or just check it based on how the manual says to check it, since the marks on the dipstick are placed assuming you check it that way.
 

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When I check mine its cold and in the garage. I pull the stick out and it checks a quart low. I wipe it off, reinsert the stick for a couple seconds and it checks full.
Try that
Doesn’t make sense to me but I have 9900 miles and it uses no oil.
I have a Hyundai Genesis with a very similar 3.8L Lambda engine. I have found that if I follow the procedure you use above (even though it is recommended by Hyundai), oil drags up the dip stick tube, and future near-term readings tend to read too high because of residual oil in the tube when pulling up the stick the first time. So I always check the dipstick after the oil has had a chance to drain into the pan (several hours), including the draining of any oil in the dipstick tube, so I only pull the dipstick one time to get an accurate reading.

Also, when I first purchased the car, before any oil changes, the dipstick reading of the factory fill was at least 1/2 quart over the full line when using your method, but right at the full line when using my method.

I do my own oil changes, and measure how much oil I drain and how much I put back in for the oil change.

However, the volume of oil can change due to temperatures, especially if comparing a cold winter day (with a cold engine), versus a hot engine. But one quart sounds like a big difference just due to temperature. On the other hand, Automatic Transmission Fluid can change in volume quite a lot depending on the temperature of the fluid.
 
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