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Out of curiosity, do others here have issues reading the dipstick on these Honda 1.5T and 2.0T engines? I recently bought the 2.0T Sport and tried to check the oil the other day, and the level is tricky to see on the orange plastic. The car only has 500 miles on it, and I suspect this is the biggest contributor to the issue (oil hasn't had time to get dirty/dark yet). However the paranoid side of me is nervous that the oil level is actually low.
 

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Out of curiosity, do others here have issues reading the dipstick on these Honda 1.5T and 2.0T engines? I recently bought the 2.0T Sport and tried to check the oil the other day, and the level is tricky to see on the orange plastic. The car only has 500 miles on it, and I suspect this is the biggest contributor to the issue (oil hasn't had time to get dirty/dark yet). However the paranoid side of me is nervous that the oil level is actually low.


I find it a bit hard to read especially with lighter colored oil.


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If you have trouble reading the oil level, rest the end of the dipstick on paper towel, it will wet out and show you approximately where the oil level is.
 

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I thought my eyes are bad. I also have trouble checking the oil level. the yellow plastic end matches with new oil color. There is no contrast to see oil level on the stick. the old fashion metal oil stick with two holes works much better than this new oil stick.
 

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I have a dumb question. Anyone else or is just me finding it difficult to check the oil level on the dipstick? When I check my oil, the oil on the orange plastic on the stick pools to the bottom of the plastic which makes it hard to tell exactly the amount of oil left. Any tricks? thanks.
 

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The best way I've found is to remove the dipstick, use a cloth to wipe off the oil, put it back in and remove again. The oil, even if it isn't dirty will have a wet shine to it vs. the dry plastic that's above the oil level.
I've never had an issue seeing that difference. Pull it out from under the hood and look in the bright daylight if you have an issue.
 

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Not a dumb question at all. What I do on my 9.5 generation is to wipe then dip again and read the back side of the dipstick. If the oil is too light in color then turn the dipstick upside down.I usually check it in the morning only and make sure the top dot has an oil film when I hold it up to the light.

I find it best to check oil level in the morning because most of the oil has dripped down to the pan from the top part of the engine and the oil filter. I use the oil film in the top dot method because the dipstick reading drops slightly as the oil needs to fill the engine and filter during operation.

The 10th gen dipstick I believe is different than mine but this is my trick.
 

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The difficulty of seeing the oil level is the orange plastic tip on the dip stick. Not enough contrast between the orange color of the dip stick end and the color of the oil - especially while the oil is new and clean. If it the end was bare metal like every other dip stick in the free world then the oil level would show up clearly just as it shows clearly on every other all metal dip stick in the free world!

But, at least Honda has an oil dip stick. So, I have to give them credit for that.

(first time I've ever ranted on a dip stick issue.) :)
 

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The best way I've found is to remove the dipstick, use a cloth to wipe off the oil, put it back in and remove again. The oil, even if it isn't dirty will have a wet shine to it vs. the dry plastic that's above the oil level.
I've never had an issue seeing that difference. Pull it out from under the hood and look in the bright daylight if you have an issue.
This is how I've checked oil since the day I started mingling around cars as a teenager. Looking at the dipstick without first wiping it and then inserting will never give you proper reading. Do people actually not do this?
 

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Direct from the 2018/2019 Accord User Manual:

Oil Check

We recommend that you check the engine oil level every time you refuel.

Park the vehicle on level ground.

Wait approximately three minutes after turning the engine off before you check the oil.

1. Remove the dipstick (orange).
2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth or paper towel.
3. Insert the dipstick back all the way into its hole.
4. Remove the dipstick again, and check the level. It should be between the upper and lower marks. Add oil if necessary.
 

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The simple issue is the goofy orange tip. I’ve run pennzoil and Mobil ow-20 in 4 vehicles now, and the accord dipstick is just a terribly designed dipstick. Fitting name actually for the designer.
 

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The simple issue is the goofy orange tip. I’ve run pennzoil and Mobil ow-20 in 4 vehicles now, and the accord dipstick is just a terribly designed dipstick. Fitting name actually for the designer.
I wonder if changing the dip stick would void the warranty? :wink
 

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I wonder if changing the dip stick would void the warranty? :wink
LOL. A plastic tip does seem like an odd choice for an engine! I think it just comes down to oil is generally easier read on against metal, vs plastic.
 

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LOL. A plastic tip does seem like an odd choice for an engine! I think it just comes down to oil is generally easier read on against metal, vs plastic.
The orange colour of the plastic seems a terrible choice. Should have been white, perhaps? I think it's orange simply because the oil dipstick handle is orange...

Many plastics remain quite solid beyond the smoke temperature of engine oil - never mind normal range of temperatures.
 

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I would buy an all metal one in a heartbeat if I could find one!


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Agree that's it's pretty bad to read.
I've owned probably 50 cars. This is the most difficult to read I've ever had.

Plus, it has to be more expensive to produce than the old 'metal strip with holes' variety. I wonder what Honda was thinking.
 

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Looks to me like Honda was paying attention to you guys! The part of the dipstick that goes into the oil in MY 2019 Touring is all metal and has the standard two holes to register "low" and "high". The only plastic is at the handle end.

- Jack
 
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