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No refill oil showing on the dipstick

Discussion in 'VE Holden Commodore (2006 - 2013)' started by VEdriver59, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. VEdriver59

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    CP 09/08, Built 09/08, Holden, Commodore, VE MY09 Omega, Sedan standard auto.

    I replaced the oil filter and tightened it up. Drained the oil into a pan, replaced the plug and then pulled out the oil refill cap and started refilling. Went to do a progress refill check and nothing on the dip stick.

    checked it again several times during refill and still no show.

    continued to put what I thought was about the right amount in and in put the refill cap over the hole, not reinstalled and left it.

    1 hour later no change, 2 hours later about 5-6 mm showing on the dipstick.

    3 hours later still no more than 5-6mm so I started it up and shut it down as quick as I could.

    cleaned the dipstick each time before checking the fill level

    20 minutes after startup shutdown nothing on the dipstick

    checked for oil on the floor under the car but nothing.

    never had this problem before with any car

    What do I do now?

    thanks to all.
     
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    redvxr8clubby Active Member

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    How much oil have you put in it? The V6 takes about 6.7 litres. If you've only put 5 litres or less in, you'll need more.
     
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    Have you used the correct oil?
     
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    Thanks, I have not put that much in but I put about4 litres in. would that not be enough to show on the dipstick?

    I use Mobil Super 1000 which I've used quite a few times before without problems, thanks
     
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    recommend you down load the Castrol oil app so you can check oil grade and quantity require for just about any engine ,

    Castrol Australia - NetLube

    I use this app most days to check which oils and how much to refill
     
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    Righto; I put a few more litres in and now its way over full. Dont know what happened there. The level is about half inch over the top.

    How do i get the excess out? Thanks
     
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    Thanks, I'll have a look at that, sounds handy
     
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    Just had a quick look it calls for 7.6 - 8.3L for my L98. Surely it doesn't take that much oil???
     
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    It sure does! I have an L77 and a LS3 and both take 7.6 litres for a complete fill.
     
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    I just bought it and had the full blown works done by a mechanic but from now on I will service it. Had it for 2000kms so still got a little too go. What do you do? Buy a 5L and 2 x 1L.
     
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    Buy 2 x 5 Litre, you'll have about 2.5l left - next service buy 5l and you'll be about right, possible you'll need that little bit more though.
     
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    its always best to find out the oil/coolant capacity of the engine before doing an oil/coolant change.

    when I do my ssv it takes about 7.6 ltr for a change, when I refill it I put 7 ltrs in and let it settle then I will top up the other ><600ml to the full line.


    to get the oil out take the sump plug out and let some oil out and put the plug back in then retest the dipstick until you have the right level
     
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    The books that come with your car tell you exactly the capacity of the sump and the correct oil to use.......Did you read your books???????????
     
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    No book was supplied with my car. I have tried sourcing another one however as you can imagine if I get one that means another car is missing it's books. And wreckers tend not to have books as insurance companies usually destroy them when a vehicle is written off.
     
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    Yeah buy 2 of the 5 litre bottles or a 10L or 20L if you really want to. I just wait until i see the 5 Litres at a good price and grab 2. Then when its getting close to your next service time look out for another sale... One of the everyday Synthetic varieties would be much safer to use. Most of the big auto stores now have little computers at the oil rack which will help you select the right oils to use in your car with just a few clicks of make and model etc
    Mobil Super 1000 is a Mineral oil and not what is recommended for your Alloytec engine. I wouldn't use it, certainly wouldn't leave it in there for the full 15000 k service interval. If you do that you will have serious issues with sludge very quickly.
    Have a read of all the threads in the VZ and VE sections on engine sludge. It's not pretty.
     
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    a lot of the oil manufacturers websites also have the oil find/selector option too.

    if the op really wants mobil oil use this page, select vehicle model/type etc and it will tell you the capacity and mobil oil to use.
    Mobil Australia - NetLube
     
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    I just noticed the OP put the totally incorrect oil into his VE.
    Please OP empty that oil out and replace it with high quality 5w-30 oil. It is very important for the life of that complex engine.
    I notice for whatever reason you purchased your VE without the books that do tell you the correct oil to use, it even tells you 5w-30 on the oil filler cap so why would you have not even taken notice of that information?
     
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    definitely the best way, the 1L bottles are too expensive. fortunately my 3 cars require the same oil and total up to 19.9L, so 4 bottles when they are on special sorts me out.
     
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    I agree , Mobil 1000 , is not the correct oil to use , drain it out and replace with Dexos approved 5W 30 oil , and it'll save you in the long run
     
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    Definitely go synthetic, better engine life and the car runs a lot nicer + better fuel economy and less heat
    Synthetic is not even that expensive, i got 7l of Nulon full synthetic for mine for $65 including a filter
    For that price its worth changing oil every 7500 km's!!
     

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