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Old 06-16-2021, 09:24 PM #16
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I thought I was the only one ... Dipstick blues. LOL

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Wow, this is right up at the top along with real world problems !

Never had any issues reading oil level on the dipstick of my 14í, no issues yet on my 21í.
One side will have a smear, the other side will read correctly.
Just rotate the dipstick to see where the level falls in regards to the full mark.
Itís really not that hard guys/gals!
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yeah, there is a smear side and a clear side
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Seriously, itís horrible. I just did an oil change then pulled the stick out and said wtf is this, Thereís oil everywhere lol. Iím assuming it might be easier to read with dirty oil.

My VW has a braided cable with a nice chunk of textured metal at the end. Thereís even a centering bead on the cable so that it doesnít touch the edges. You can read it from 6 ft away if you wanted lol. Which is probably a good thing because it burns oil like crazy lol.
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Seriously, itís horrible. I just did an oil change then pulled the stick out and said wtf is this, Thereís oil everywhere lol. Iím assuming it might be easier to read with dirty oil...
I pull my dipstick and lay it flat on a paper towel, then slide it sideways to rub the oil onto the towel. I can then see where the oil level on the towel and match it against the dipstick.

Is there some sort of dye that could be added to the thin synthetic?
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Are there any aftermarket dipsticks available? 4Runnerís dipstick is so poor designed that every time I check the oil level, I have to pull it out and wait for at least 10 minutes then insert it into the tube to get the correct level. Really annoying. My MB Ďs dipstick is so much better even with synthetic oil.
Mine got so rusted (dipstick tube) I could no longer pull the dipstick out and once out was not able to put all the way back in, even with fresh grease on the O-ring. Advanceautoparts.com had the dipstick tube and dipstick for a reasonable price. They are identical to the original Toyota parts
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Hello Everyone,

kind of experiencing the same issue on my 2021 4unner's dipstick

I performed an oil change with the oil filter and added back the 6.6qts. after checking, the engine oil level shows really high on the dipstick. I am on level'd ground. I ended up taking about .8 qts out and kept checking over and over and it still shows really high

I did end up taking out the dipstick, cleaning it, waiting about 15 mins and checking it that one time did show the oil was in the middle of the 2 dimples on the dipstick but each time checking it right away immediately showed it was overfilled again

is this really the workaround to getting an accurate reading on the dipsticks? waiting 5+ mins, taking out dipstick, waiting about 15 mins+, reinsert, pull out and check?

thanks everyone
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Hello Everyone,

kind of experiencing the same issue on my 2021 4unner's dipstick

I performed an oil change with the oil filter and added back the 6.6qts. after checking, the engine oil level shows really high on the dipstick. I am on level'd ground. I ended up taking about .8 qts out and kept checking over and over and it still shows really high

I did end up taking out the dipstick, cleaning it, waiting about 15 mins and checking it that one time did show the oil was in the middle of the 2 dimples on the dipstick but each time checking it right away immediately showed it was overfilled again

is this really the workaround to getting an accurate reading on the dipsticks? waiting 5+ mins, taking out dipstick, waiting about 15 mins+, reinsert, pull out and check?

thanks everyone
You can try scuffing the stick between the dots but no real fix since this engine came out in 2005.
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You can try scuffing the stick between the dots but no real fix since this engine came out in 2005.

might not be a bad idea

thank you!
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Wow, this is right up at the top along with real world problems !

Never had any issues reading oil level on the dipstick of my 14í, no issues yet on my 21í.
One side will have a smear, the other side will read correctly.
Just rotate the dipstick to see where the level falls in regards to the full mark.
Itís really not that hard guys/gals!
YMMV
Reading an oil level isn't hard, you're right. BUT in the 30+ years I've been checking oil levels, I've never had as much trouble as I do with the 4Runner. I agree with everyone who's stated they've had trouble - it's just one big smear, on both sides of the stick. YMMV
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The easiest way to improve this is to sand the end of dipstick so the attached oil can be seen better.
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The easiest way to improve this is to sand the end of dipstick so the attached oil can be seen better.

I have no problem seeing the oil - itís all up and down the dipstick!


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just like someone else posted, I also discovered the best method is to don't remove the dip stick and wipe it and reinsert and take the reading. Just check once after letting the vehicle sit for awhile (over night even better) and just take one reading. I always get a very clear mark of the oil level this way.
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just like someone else posted, I also discovered the best method is to don't remove the dip stick and wipe it and reinsert and take the reading. Just check once after letting the vehicle sit for awhile (over night even better) and just take one reading. I always get a very clear mark of the oil level this way.
Thatís also a good way of getting a reading

I sure am glad I found this post. I was stressing over this simple oil change
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