Does the oil lever have to be exactly at full on the dipstick ?

Asked by Sep 19, 2014 at 10:03 AM about the 2013 Ford Mustang V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

As dumb as it sounds I have never
checked or changed oil before. I had
my dad change it and at first it was a
tad below the full mark. We added
more so now its a tad over the full
mark. Is it ok or do I need to let some
out ? Ive asked several people but
nobody will give me a straight
answer. Also is the full mark the
second hole or is it the top of the
threads that is located in between
the holes ?

3 Answers

10,865

If you're in the "area" that's fine. A little over will not hurt anything. Typically the oil dipstick will have an area for proper operating oil level.

275

Generally, when the level hits the add mark, it is a quart low, and you do not need to add any oil until it gets to this level. However, do not let it go below the add mark level. If you try to keep it at the full level, you'll be putting in oil a few capfuls at a time. I will not mix brands of oil, or oils of different weights. I suggest you stay with one particular brand of oil and whatever weight the car mfg recommends. Personally, because my vehicles rarely use any oil between oil changes, I check the level every week or so. I don't add any oil until the level is between the full level and the add mark, and this is usually about 1/2 of a quart. It is wise to have a couple of quarts of close by - I keep one in each vehicle, and one in the garage for those "just in case" times.

5

In my opinion it's best to bring the level of the oil just below the top of the "full" mark or the top hole. Oil will expand once it reaches temperature and if you check the dip stick when the engine is hot it will show the level of the oil at the "full" mark. By leaving a little room you won't force the pressure to push the oil out through the valve cover gaskets. This is how I prevent oil spots from showing up on my garage floor.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Mustang

Looking for a Used Mustang in your area?

CarGurus has 45,523 nationwide Mustang listings starting at $2,000.

ZIP:

Search Ford Mustang Questions

Ford Mustang Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,120
#2 Bob Beaman
Bob Beaman
Reputation 1,150
#3 COMETGUY61
COMETGUY61
Reputation 1,030
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Camaro
149 Great Deals out of 34,916 listings starting at $1,995
Used Dodge Challenger
144 Great Deals out of 24,448 listings starting at $8,900
Used Dodge Charger
248 Great Deals out of 27,253 listings starting at $1,790
Used Chevrolet Corvette
110 Great Deals out of 20,530 listings starting at $3,499
Used Ford Shelby GT500
5 Great Deals out of 530 listings starting at $21,994
Used Ford F-150
2,390 Great Deals out of 209,711 listings starting at $895
Used BMW 3 Series
1,071 Great Deals out of 34,811 listings starting at $900
Used Jeep Wrangler
285 Great Deals out of 19,016 listings starting at $3,295
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
1,978 Great Deals out of 160,605 listings starting at $1,850
Used Nissan 370Z
39 Great Deals out of 3,119 listings starting at $8,900
Used Honda Civic
482 Great Deals out of 81,846 listings starting at $558
Used Chrysler 300
350 Great Deals out of 20,613 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Mustang V6 For Sale
4,906 listings starting at $17,813
2016 Ford Mustang V6 For Sale
21 Great Deals out of 657 listings starting at $17,389
2015 Ford Mustang V6 For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 347 listings starting at $14,000
2014 Ford Mustang V6 For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 653 listings starting at $10,999