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Hi. I called Main Line Porsche Saturday and asked if I should be checking engine oil level with the engine started or turned off. They put the phone down and said the mechanics could not tell me but would call me when the head mechanic was back in 4 days???? Unfortunitly I purchased the car second hand and there is no owners manual. I have taken the car to this dealer for 2 years and have had a few problems but this is should be an easy question for any dealer.. Can anyone help? I have read that the air cool vs liquid cooled engine instructions are different but do not know which is which. Thanks in advance!

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that is a little scary that anyone in a service dept would not know the answer. :huh:

The book says:

-Vehicle level

-engine off at operating temp

-let engine oil drain into pan for a few minutes after engine is stopped before checking

You can also check in the gauge cluster:

Check by putting the key in the ignition and turning it to the on position (without turning the engine on) and leave it there for a few moments.

Where the clock normally is you will see the oil level. If instead you see a countdown, it will display the oil level when countdown completes. if more than a few minutes then you are probably not at operating temp.

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Hi. I called Main Line Porsche Saturday and asked if I should be checking engine oil level with the engine started or turned off. They put the phone down and said the mechanics could not tell me but would call me when the head mechanic was back in 4 days???? Unfortunitly I purchased the car second hand and there is no owners manual. I have taken the car to this dealer for 2 years and have had a few problems but this is should be an easy question for any dealer.. Can anyone help? I have read that the air cool vs liquid cooled engine instructions are different but do not know which is which. Thanks in advance!

Join Renntech and download the 996 owner's manual for your reference. It's an 03 but most info applies to 00.

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