No oil on dipstick when running?

Asked by Jul 09, 2015 at 12:30 AM about the 2012 Honda Civic LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2012 Honda Civic and when it is running
there is no oil on the dipstick and when it's not
running its in the normal range. Is this a problem
or is it normal with civics. Engine is vtec

3 Answers

3,185

NO PROBLEM, AS LONG AS THERE IS OIL; WHEN THE ENGINE IS NOT RUNNING, YOU'LL BE SAFE.

10,635

The engine oil level on the dipstick is designed to be checked with the engine off. If the level is showing in range with the engine off, that is where it should be. With the engine running, the oil is being circulated through the engine and the levels will not be accurate.

40,725

Engine oil to be checked when engine is off. Some transmissions are to be checked when engine is running. If it has oil on the dipstick when the engine is off and the vehicle is parked on a fairly level surface it is fine and do not worry about it.

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