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Oil Level - 1.9JTDM

Hi everyone.

I have a 159 1.9JTDM. Recently the oil level indicator has been fluctuating between half full and nothing.

This typically happens after a long drive. Before I set off I've physically checked the oil and it's about half full. The dash indications seem to back this up.

So, after a long drive I come to a stop and let the engine idle for a few mins and turn off. I then head off for some food or something and come back 10 mins later. Then when starting I get the dash indicator telling me oil level is low (non-existent).

What are the mechanics behind this?

Also, how often have people had to top-up the oil with the 1.9JTDM? Do they find it drinks oil a bit? I've done 10k miles and its now @ half, from nearly full.
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Oil consumption - I used about a litre between 0 and 21,000 miles. Nothing in the 8,000 miles since the service.

Not sure how the level indicator works, but I have always kept mine to the full mark. Could be that electronic gauge gets twitchy as the level goes down - it will always be pessimistic I would expect.
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Thanks Mike. That's good, this looks to be similar usage to my JTDm.

I'm guessing it's just that the oil collects in the sump over time (as it would) but after a quick drive most of the oil is still around the engine.

I'll top it up tomorrow with some generic stuff
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