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"how to check oil level" according to GM manual
#1386175 Fri Nov 27 2020 05:06 PM
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My owner's manual for my 2018 Chevy Cruze tells me to check the engine oil level regularly. Turn engine off and wait at least two hours. If unable to wait two hours, wait 15 minutes.
Not sure who writes this stuff.

Re: "how to check oil level" according to GM manual
Leo #1386179 Fri Nov 27 2020 05:26 PM
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Some engineer in California?
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Re: "how to check oil level" according to GM manual
Leo #1386195 Fri Nov 27 2020 07:01 PM
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I believe that the newer operators manuals are made for people that don't have any mechanical sense. Plus if the motor runs out of oil the manufacturers have a possible out on warranty but maybe I'm wrong. Doc.


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Re: "how to check oil level" according to GM manual
Leo #1386212 Fri Nov 27 2020 09:00 PM
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dang ohwell. What about having to resort to the pinky finger to check the oil in the transmission on some Chevys.


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Re: "how to check oil level" according to GM manual
Leo #1386258 Sat Nov 28 2020 02:33 AM
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Anybody else remember the mid-engine Pontiac Fiero 4 cylinder? If it got even one quart low on oil, the oil pressure could go away in a tight turn, resulting in a connecting rod locking up and knocking the starter off the bellhousing. Then the shorted-out battery cable would arc and set the hot oil on fire! The oil would run away from the pickup screen and drop the oil pressure to zero almost instantly. Over-filling the crankcase to avoid that problem would result in the crankshaft whipping into the oil , foaming it, and causing massive oil leaks past all the gaskets and seals. Pontiac technicians dubbed the car "Fido" because it was such a dog! Then GM put a V6 in there, and the insurance companies wouldn't touch the things because of the high performance possibilities.

A shop near Huntsville Alabama called "The Fiero Factory" was putting Cadillac NorthStar V8's in them for a while!
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Re: "how to check oil level" according to GM manual
Leo #1386269 Sat Nov 28 2020 04:37 AM
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I was always taught to check the oil when cold if at all possible. That way everything had settled back into the pan and you would get an accurate reading.


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Re: "how to check oil level" according to GM manual
Leo #1386302 Sat Nov 28 2020 04:22 PM
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I met a friend of my cousins at a campground this summer. Said she was a "freelance writer". She was remotely writing for an insurance company's web page. I don't think she knew anything about insurance or the company. Maybe Cruze used the same kind of writer.

I had one of those Fiero 4 cyl (84). Factory put in a new engine after the first block cracked. I replaced the engine again after the cam gear lost all it's teeth and ended up with a vibration I couldn't find. Catalytic converter was below the starter and was almost melting the wires. Removing it cured that. But I did get 240,000 miles of taking me to work over 25 years before an oil line ruptured resulting in a rod knock. Drove it that way for a few month's until the fuel pump quit, then sold (gave) it to a junk yard and replaced it with a Corvette.


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Re: "how to check oil level" according to GM manual
Leo #1386309 Sat Nov 28 2020 05:04 PM
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My brother in law worked for the local GM plant he had a Fiero but I am guessing not for long because I barely remember it. Lately, he had mentioned putting a Fiero engine in his Corvair.


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Re: "how to check oil level" according to GM manual
Leo #1386413 Sun Nov 29 2020 03:40 PM
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It does appear to have been written by someone that has little automotive experience or someone with poor or sloppy proofreading skills. While stating "If unable to wait two hours, wait 15 minutes" sounds rather illogical, "If unable to wait two hours, wait a minimum of 15 minutes" sounds fine and would work fine.

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Re: "how to check oil level" according to GM manual
Leo #1391459 Wed Jan 06 2021 01:06 AM
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53 panel At the risk of a backlash...I think maybe its.....the girl engineers !! Have you noticed how small the space for your feet is on late model cars ?? My 2019 Equinox is not real roomy especially if you have on your steel toes !!!

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