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post #1 of 22 Old 01-03-2017, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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Feel stupid, but can't find how to check oil level in manual

Hey guys, have car for two months now and feel really stupid, since I can't figure out how to check oil level. I could not find it in the manual that came with the car. Every time I am going into the car setting and find "oil level" option, when I choose it, I get the message the conditions are not met. I've only driven car handful, but I know we should check oil level on a monthly basis and add some every month. Therefore, however, embarrassing my question is, I'd rather get flamed here than run my car without knowing how to check oil level :-).
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-03-2017, 06:59 PM
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It's probably because you didn't engage the parking brake. I usually just step on the brake pedal as well just in case the software somewhere needs that.
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post #3 of 22 Old 01-03-2017, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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It's probably because you didn't engage the parking brake. I usually just step on the brake pedal as well just in case the software somewhere needs that.
Parking brake is on and my foot on the brake pedal as well.

What is the step by step procedure?
1. Car is in park
2. Foot on the brake pedal
3. Go into car settings and navigate to Oil Status
4. What should come next? Every time I get to this level, I get the message "conditions not met"

Should I be getting a message to step on the gas? Should the car be fully wormed up, water and oil?
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Parking brake is on and my foot on the brake pedal as well.

What is the step by step procedure?
1. Car is in park
2. Foot on the brake pedal
3. Go into car settings and navigate to Oil Status
4. What should come next? Every time I get to this level, I get the message "conditions not met"

Should I be getting a message to step on the gas? Should the car be fully wormed up, water and oil?
Car needs to be fully warmed up and you need to be at 2k RPM.

You should look for the PDF of the manual here and follow the procedure.
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After it is hot, rev it to 2000 RPM and it will start a count down. When it's over, you get your reading.

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Warm up engine until oil temp is normal
Parking brake on
Foot brake on (manual omit this -- it took me months to figure this out)
Select Oil Status
Step on throttle -- it should automatically hold 2000 RPM if all is well
Hold throttle until countdown finishes.
compare level to the fill level chart to determine how high or low your level is
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Warm up engine until oil temp is normal
Parking brake on
Foot brake on (manual omit this -- it took me months to figure this out)
Select Oil Status
Step on throttle -- it should automatically hold 2000 RPM if all is well
Hold throttle until countdown finishes.
compare level to the fill level chart to determine how high or low your level is
This ......

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I can't help but smile reading this. Remember dipsticks?
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Warm up engine until oil temp is normal
Parking brake on
Foot brake on (manual omit this -- it took me months to figure this out)
Select Oil Status
Step on throttle -- it should automatically hold 2000 RPM if all is well
Hold throttle until countdown finishes.
compare level to the fill level chart to determine how high or low your level is
Thank you. "Fill level chart"? What is it and where do I get one?
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Thank you. "Fill level chart"? What is it and where do I get one?
You use the Search function on this forum.

Check your Oil Level

PS: Don't feel bad...even if you had the owner's manual, it would be wrong. There was a software update that changed the procedure to match the then-new 650S. Same time that power levels were upgraded.
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I check my oil by opening the filler cap, and then yoddling inside the fill hole. Depending on how much echo and reverb I get back, I'll add oil accordingly.

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I can't help but smile reading this. Remember dipsticks?
Yeah, but here's a list of over a dozen ways to screw up oil-level measurement using a dipstick. McLaren's automated procedure avoids all of them and is also quicker and cleaner, with no possibility of contaminating the oil or scratching your car's expensive paint while performing it: Oil top up

Also, I posted the Ferrari FF's dipstick procedure somewhere... Ok, here it is. Tell me you'd rather do this than just sit in the driver's seat with both pedals pressed for half a minute: Checking Oil Level

On older cars, I like checking my oil manually because it gives me an opportunity to look around while I'm in there to see if anything else is going wrong... But on a new car with engine covers hiding everything, I'd just as soon never open the engine lid.
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Also, I posted the Ferrari FF's dipstick procedure somewhere... Ok, here it is. Tell me you'd rather do this than just sit in the driver's seat with both pedals pressed for half a minute: Checking Oil Level
Haha, I yield to the sillier procedure!
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Hey guys, its been rainy last few days, so if I can't drive the car, I decided to at least start it, warm it up and see if I can take a reading of the oil status. Well, first I noticed that you somehow measure precise temperature of the oil when you take reading of the oil level. I could not find where in the menu I can see exact temp of the oil. All I had to go buy is the horizontal bar that is on top of the fuel and water temp bar.
Second, I have waited until the oil temp bar has reached middle of the column - same length as the water temp and then waited a little longer and tried to take the reading of the oil level, but got the same message: "conditions not met, see owner's manual"?
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Are you sure you met all of the steps? Foot on the brake is an easy one to forget if you are sitting in your garage with the brake set. I would think your oil temp would have met the requirements based on what you said. So, going from memory - oil warm, parking brake set, foot on brake, select oil level check from menu, step on the gas (in the 570, rpm is set by the computer, you just have to step on the accelerator and it will (presumably) go to 2000 rpm. No tach visible when this part of the check is in place).

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Hey guys, its been rainy last few days, so if I can't drive the car, I decided to at least start it, warm it up and see if I can take a reading of the oil status. Well, first I noticed that you somehow measure precise temperature of the oil when you take reading of the oil level. I could not find where in the menu I can see exact temp of the oil. All I had to go buy is the horizontal bar that is on top of the fuel and water temp bar.
Second, I have waited until the oil temp bar has reached middle of the column - same length as the water temp and then waited a little longer and tried to take the reading of the oil level, but got the same message: "conditions not met, see owner's manual"?
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