Took my son to his teams Lacrosse tournament in New Jersey. While sitting in the P38 between games he asks me why the red oil light is on. I look at dash and it’s not on. Thinking he’s looking at the TC light that was on, I’d just turned vehicle on to get some AC air as it was 38C outside, I told him that it would go out when we drove off and that the light was orange. He says it’s the red light and it’s an oil can. I look again and LO and behold the oil light is flashing every few seconds. I turn vehicle off and hop out to check oil level. Stick measure ZERO, ZILCH, NADA, NOTHING, EMPTY, FUCK ALL! Christ I think as I drop to my knees expecting to see and a Exxon Valdez slick. Underneath is dry as a bone, oil sump plug surrounds are dry, rocker cover joints dry…. I clean dip stick and put it in again. Nothing. I ask my son to google nearest petrol station…. It’s 1.5 miles. Do I risk it? We are 95 miles from home…. Do I drive 1.5 miles on what could be a dry oil sump…..
I flag down the first car passing the parking area. Explain the situation to him and he says he has to see this….. ( don’t know if he thought I was trying to hustle him or if he wanted to see what a dry oil dip stick looked like). After seeing it he goes to his car and hands me a quart of oil….. I thank him and start putting it in engine…. He comes back and gives me a second… no payment just a thanks is all he would accept.
My son and I have now time to go to petrol station where I buy 4 quarts of oil. Without thinking, I add the 4 quarts and drive back to the tournament. After his last game I go back and decide to check oil level….. BOLLOX….I’d overfilled it by about 2 inches on dip stick!! How could I be so daft? Knowing that the capacity of oil sump is 7 quarts +/- and having assumed that the oil dip stick went to the bottom of the oil sump I went and added 6 quarts to the engine…. Now I figured I just have 9 quarts in the sump. I needed to drain it…… I drove to Auto parts store and bought an oil bucket for collecting oil during an oil change and went to hot engine and removed the oil filter then drained it, installed the filter, cranked engine and repeated 10 times until I got about 2 quarts of oil from engine and dip stick show a few mm over MAX……
Lesson learned….. the oil dip stick does not measure oil level from the bottom of oil sump…..
Suppose I also have to figure out where 4 quarts of oil went since I serviced the engine 4356 miles ago….