I know the dipstick is difficult, but this is what I'm seeing after doing a drain and refill...
Cold reading (after sitting on level ground overnight with the dipstick out, and then sticking it in for a reading) shows above the hot full line.
Hot reading (after sitting on level ground overnight with the dipstick out, and then starting it and driving on smooth roads for 5 miles, then parking on level ground, running through the gears, leaving the engine running, and sticking it in for a reading) shows almost nothing on the stick.
I've been doing this for several days in a row now, adding fluid gradually (about 100ml) each time to try to bring up the hot reading to the correct level, but I'm still getting this - way low hot, but overfilled cold. How is this possible? If anything, if it's low hot it should be even lower cold, shouldn't it? I don't want to keep adding, and have it be way overfilled.
Anyone else experience this? Should I just completely discount the cold reading and keep adding until a hot check shows correct level?
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