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How hard would it be to include a full mark? Geez Honda. Pressure washer engine, 13 HP.

I have seen them on other Honda engines.

There are hash marks all the way up and down the dipstick, both sides, but no other marks.

Book says fill to "about 3/4 of the way up on the stick".

Drain and fill says 1.1 Qt. I'm going to do that and file a little notch on the dipstick where the oil comes up to for future quick reference.

I can deal with it but it is just... dumb.



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Somewhat related: My BMW motorcycle requires the bike to be "upright" in order to measure the oil level. Since I dont have a center stand, one person has to hold up the bike while I check the oil. On the BMW I sold there was a sight glass that you use to see the oil level. You have to do the hold upright thing to get a reading on the glass. I bought a telescoping inspection mirror to see the glass while I held up the bike. At least I could do that by myself!


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My 3-series BMW convertible doesn’t even have a dipstick. Oil level is electronically measured ☹️
 
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My 3-series BMW convertible doesn’t even have a dipstick. Oil level is electronically measured ☹️


Ugh. I hate that this is the trend. It’s the same with transmissions.


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My 3-series BMW convertible doesn’t even have a dipstick. Oil level is electronically measured ☹️


Ugh. I hate that this is the trend. It’s the same with transmissions.


I forgot to add it's a 2011 so my guess is BMW has been going that route ever since.
 
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Somewhat related: My BMW motorcycle requires the bike to be "upright" in order to measure the oil level. Since I dont have a center stand, one person has to hold up the bike while I check the oil.
My Indian Scout recommends running engine on idle for 30 seconds, turning off, holding upright, and pulling the dipstick. Seat isn't very high so seemed achievable as a 1-man operation. MF'ers located dipstick between the 2 exhaust pipes, and they get toasty in 30 seconds of idling. Guess who got a burn on his first oil check?



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My 3-series BMW convertible doesn’t even have a dipstick. Oil level is electronically measured ☹️


Ugh. I hate that this is the trend. It’s the same with transmissions.


I forgot to add it's a 2011 so my guess is BMW has been going that route ever since.


I have a 2006 325i configured the same way, so it’s been going at least since then.
 
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Somewhat related: My BMW motorcycle requires the bike to be "upright" in order to measure the oil level. Since I dont have a center stand, one person has to hold up the bike while I check the oil. On the BMW I sold there was a sight glass that you use to see the oil level. You have to do the hold upright thing to get a reading on the glass. I bought a telescoping inspection mirror to see the glass while I held up the bike. At least I could do that by myself!


There are a couple of workarounds you can try. You can put a block of wood thick enough to get the bike upright or close to it under the side stand. Or you can hold the bike upright your self for a minute after running and then set the bike on the side stand and pull the dipstick, there should still be enough film left to show you the level.

These are the things i used to do on the BMW R1200C I had many years ago.
 
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Good suggestion! Thanks. My neighbor usually helps out.


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My 3-series BMW convertible doesn’t even have a dipstick. Oil level is electronically measured ☹️


Does that require a subscription? Cool


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I use a Pit Bull stand to get my bike upright. Holding it by hand is risking a tip over.
 
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yea but on rear stand its not level front to back. on some bikes that makes a real difference (like my race suzuki).


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I had no idea that there were cars that didn't have dipsticks. Even though I think its dumb, I can see why transmissions wouldn't have them because of the much longer fluid change intervals.
What happens if the oil level sensor goes bad or its not reading accurately? I wouldn't be surprised if they started putting locks on the oil fill cap so only a dealership can access it.


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Back in the 80's I had a Suzuki gs 750 e that had the window. I think I had a center stand, so no biggie. My Heritage recommends that the bike be upright to check the oil, and warm too. I've had so many Softails that I can peek at the level in the tank and know the level without all the contortions.
 
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My Porsche is like this, no dip stick. What is even more stupid is that if you change the filter cartridge, which I always do, it will not show the oil level until the car is driven 25 miles, (not sure of exact miles but is substantial). So you have to premeasure out the exact oil amount you need and hope to God its okay. Not a huge problem if I change the oil but if someone else does it, I worry.

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My 3-series BMW convertible doesn’t even have a dipstick. Oil level is electronically measured ☹️
 
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What happens if the oil level sensor goes bad or its not reading accurately?


Less of the concern than the fact that 99% of people never check their oil level at all, regardless of method.
 
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My Porsche is like this, no dip stick. What is even more stupid is that if you change the filter cartridge, which I always do, it will not show the oil level until the car is driven 25 miles, (not sure of exact miles but is substantial). ☹️


Can you fill the oil filter before putting it back on so it doesn't ran dry on start up?


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What model Honda engine do you have? Maybe they got the wrong dipstick.

https://www.hondapartsnation.c...fb73/crankcase-cover

If it is like this engine, you will notice that the dipstick is at approximately a 45 degree angle so the indicator would easily vary up and down the stick with little change in level.


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Maybe they got the wrong dipstick.



The manual verifies there is no full mark and simply states...
"Fill to approximately 3/4 of the way up on the dipstick"



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If Honda engine quality is good, oil burn may not be of consequence.

If you measure the drain quantity after your season of use, and it is not much different than the fill quantity, you could just do a seasonal oil change with one liter of oil and never measure it again.

My Yamaha generator, some 15 years old, has no dipstick. You just open the fill plug and look for the oil to be in the fill plug hole at the bottom.


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