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Dry Sump oil level measuring

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That may sound like a question of an idiot but I'll take the risk: When I watch different mechanics to check the oil level on either "D" and "F" (both dry sump) one say clearly that in the moment of measuring the oil level, the engine has to run at idle while other say that turning off the engine and right after then measuring is o.k. !?

Now which correct ? Or both ? Thanks for clarification to an non engeneer:thumbsup:
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One observation, none of the Ferraris I have owned have ever burned much oil. In many cases I have not needed to add any oil in between changes.
that is my experience as well... it's a universal cliche' to explain away the need for adding extra oil and the clouds of blue smoke... "loose clearances" will increase the use of oil and visibility :=)
I'm making a general statement but on a dry sump the oil level is not as critical and over or underfilling will not have the same affects as a wet sump. I think either method is okay. The most important is just not let the car sit overnight since most of the oil will have drained back into the engine. After a high RPM drive there is likely to be air mixed with the oil that will take time to settle and give you a false high reading.
Is it normal for the dipstick in a 599 to be totally dry after sitting for 2 months? Totally dry, no oil whatsoever on the dipstick. This is a PRE - startup check I do on all cars when taking them out of storage. 1st time I have seen a 100% totally dipstick. Dry sump usually have at least traces of oil on the dipstick pre- starting.
Thank you, thank you for all that wealth of information. Very helpful !👍
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