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Voyager/Caravan Oil Level Check - 3.0L Engine?
I have a 2000 Caravan with 3.0L engine.
In its younger years, it never burned a quart of oil between 7500 mile changes. But now, with 120,000 miles, it does need a top up.
The problem is I have never been able to determine the oil level on this engine by using the dipstick.
I'm not an idiot (don't listen to my wife). I know where the high and low notches are in the dipstick, I just cannot tell where the oil level is.
I let the vehicle sit for an extended period, pull the stick, wipe it and re-insert. I pull it out and it has oil all over it, half way up the stick.
There are two o-rings at the top end of the stick. I thought this may stop the oil from draining down the tube, so I tried leaving the stick out for an extended time and checking again. Same results, oil all over the stick for about half way up the stick.
I know that I should just go down the stick until I find a spot with solid oil on both sides of the stick, but I don't seem to be able to determine this spot.
I have had many cars and never had a problem reading the dipstick before.
Has anyone else had this problem with their 3.0L engine? If so, what is the solution?