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Checking oil level on a 328

Guys, quick question. Whats the correct procedure for checking the oil level on a 328? Guy rang me today about it but I don't want to steer him wrong as I've never worked on a 328.

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Trying to find Andrew's wiki link. Since I'm expecting this to be dry sump, right, thinking same as all.

1 warm to proper engine temps
2 take out stick, wipe, put in and take out noticing level.
3 turn off engine
4 repeat #2-3 within 30 seconds or so since the oil tends to go off the dip stick if too long. I actually do this about 3 times: 1, engine going, 2+3, after engine off < 1min.....but that's me.

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- 30 seconds is a decent bench mark but if you waited a min. you would probalby be ok.
- engine off/on is a better test IMO as you get it both ways. The engine off was a safety requirement for people like me, but I live on the wild side.
- IF
- just below the bottom mark or about 1/4 the distance between the TOP and BOTTOM mark, then I would add 1/2 qt only, then repeat 1-4 again later.
- WAY below the bottom mark by 1/4 again, I'd add the entire qt.

- IF Near 1/2 way or more add nothing IMO.

Better to underfill a bit, and add as you go than over fill and mess it up.
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why would you check the oil level on your 328 while it was running?



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why would you check the oil level on your 328 while it was running?

If that's at me, It should really make little difference, but better just after stopping is a more 'clean' way.

QUESTION: Why would running the engine change the oil level if just idling at temps?

You've owned more than I but I don't see much of a problem. What do you think?

Here is how I usually do the T & 456 [I welcome ANY comments]: http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/2-...-pressure.html

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You guys got me curious, so I looked. Looks like she is a wet sump and here is what the OM says about checking oil.
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dude!

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QUESTION: Why would running the engine change the oil level if just idling at temps?


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So then I got more curious and wondered what the dry sump on a 308 was like. Mine was a wet sump. Here it is.
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Big difference between checking the level on the wet vs dry sump is the dry needs to be done as soon as the engine is off, on the wet sump, you should wait for around 15 minutes.
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dude!
Well someone educate me:

on a dry sump [which I defaulted to not knowing on this 328]
you should turn off the engine and check it within 30 seconds for best read after up to engine temps
however, I may be wrong so someone educumate[sic] me, you may check it after wiping it, put in and checking right away while engine is running at idle and proper temps which is what I said [obvously one cannot run along side the car to check ] Actually, some mechs do this in the shop.

No diff if you wait 1--30 seconds. The 'turn off engine' was a 'safety' requirement IIRC from Ferrari best practices.

And if this is too hard to visualize I'll make a video and prove it: no real diff.

I do it both ways all the time to see if diff and none.

am I that wrong? please explain more than 'dude'

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