Alfa Spider 2.0l TS CF1
I can't really believe I'm asking this but I've sort of run out of options. Let me start from the beginning...
- Checked oil - OK.
- Used a tin of engine flush as per directions (Wynns).
- Drained oil - didn't measure it - looked like used engine oil with nothing worthy of note.
- Changed filter.
- Checked spec, 4.6 litres, thought I'd be smart so filled 4.0, waited awhile, checked level.
- Way over, I mean way over...all the way past the flat part and onto the coiled section by an inch or so.
- Spent far too long re-measuring, wiping, repeating, talking to myself and so on...
- Measured what I drained - 1.7 litres (including the filter part).
- Went and had a coffee to consider options.
- Drained new oil.
- Refilled to 1.7 litres, checked level (after wait) fine...
Firstly then, I can't believe that this engine only needs that much oil.
There was no mayonnaise like substance anywhere that might indicate sludge at the bottom of the sump that could be stealing up this missing capacity (long shot).
Considered oil may still be in the cooler so I rechecked the owners manual: "4.6l when changing oil + filter".
And then I had an idea. What if I have the wrong dipstick...perhaps somehow it was swapped, lost, snapped, whatever, but now I have the wrong one.
Ah, and here comes the question. Please can someone measure (or perhaps they know) their dipstick so we can compare lengths...I can't believe I'm asking this but I really can't think of anything else. Well, nothing cheap and easy anyway. I've read some posts on here talking about the way you can read oil and how you can have unreliable readings but I have checked this several dozen times today not to mention the amount I removed and what the dipstick said prior to this.
Few other points worthy of mention:
- Engine has just failed emissions so I think that if this really is the wrong dipstick and the car has been low on oil for awhile then I'm in big trouble.
- The engine sounds a little tappety
- Engine hesitates when throttle depressed and takes that half a second or so for the revs to climb.
- Not dumped the ECU codes yet - I assume I can use the flashing method as per the ABS (see my other posts).
- Other tasks completed today: Air filter, Fuel Filter (sheared the retaining bolt on the filter mounting bracket, anyone got a spare...), plugs, leads, coolant.
Anyways, hopefully someone out there can help me...
Many thanks in advance.