Always one quart low

Stephen Kormilo stephen at
Tue Apr 15 09:58:26 PDT 2008

Hmmm.... I always thought that you are supposed to check the oil level 
when its up to operating temperature. Checking the level first thing in 
the morning means the oil is cold & the level will be lower than when 
the oil is up to normal operating temperature, although a quart 
difference in level does seem more than normal. Adding a quart might 
then overfill the sump & cause excessive consumption of that overfill 

An incorrect dipstick has also been mentioned as a possible cause, but 
dipstick reading technique could also contribute to the problem (or 
perceived problem).

Stephen Kormilo
Nanoose Bay, BC

2002 Audi A4 3.0 - Silver
1998.5 Audi A4 2.8 - Silver
1985 Mazda Rx7 GSL-SE - Black

email: stephen at

> Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 00:59:22 -0400
> From: Huw Powell <audi at>
> Subject: Re: Always one quart low
> To: JeffreyZentner at
> Cc: quattro at
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>> > Yes, I  check in the morning before driving it.
>> > 
>> > Jeff
>>> >> Hi All I have owned my 88 5KTQ for a little over a year. Every time
>>> >> I check my oil I am a quart low but never more. Is there something
>>> >> that could be causing me to loose the first quart. There is never a
>>> >> leek on the garage floor. I was going to replace the valve cover
>>> >> gasket but I thought I would ask if there was something else that
>>> >> might be causing it.
> So are you saying that *every time* you check the oil *each morning* it 
> has lost a quart?
> Or that *when* you check it, it's finally down a quart and you top it 
> off?  Because filling it back up would make it so that you then run it a 
> quart down again before filling...
> -- Huw Powell

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