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Recently bought a 1977 Dodge Power Wagon W150 with a 400 big block.

When is it recommend to check the oil... When the engine is hot out cold.

When I check it cold it's completely full when it's been running for over 15min... It's just above the add oil line. I imagine that's because the oil hasn't had time to drain back to the pan?

So which is right engine warm or cold?

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Mike
 

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You are correct if you check it right when you shut it off it may appear to be low because the oil hasn't drained out ot the upper areas of the engine. That is why there is an area on the dipstick that shows between low and high so as long as it's in that area it should be ok. I prefer to check my oil in the morning before I start the engine and add as needed then because that is the best time to get a good reading.
 

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Recently bought a 1977 Dodge Power Wagon W150 with a 400 big block.

When is it recommend to check the oil... When the engine is hot out cold.

When I check it cold it's completely full when it's been running for over 15min... It's just above the add oil line. I imagine that's because the oil hasn't had time to drain back to the pan?

So which is right engine warm or cold?

Thanks,
Mike
Check cold. You're right about the oil when it's hot.
 
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