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Old 08-20-2017, 01:45 AM   #4537
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Precisely the situation. The warning lights simply tell you it's too late to prevent the problem.
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Old 08-20-2017, 04:44 AM   #4538
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Ok, I will learn how to check the oil...and do it.

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Old 08-20-2017, 05:48 AM   #4539
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Ok, I will learn how to check the oil...and do it.
The trick isn't to just check the oil level. Also check the oil color and consistency. Water/coolant mixed in the oil indicates a leaking gasket in the engine (unless you had to drive through floodwaters). Metal particles in the oil indicate excessive wear. If the oil suddenly starts looking lighter in color and feels sticky like wet varnish, that's an indication that the oil has overheated and needs to be changed. And so forth. Oil analysis by look and feel isn't an exact science, but you can tell a lot about the engine just by checking the oil.

But the easy thing to remember is, if the oil on the dipstick starts looking different from usual, something is wrong. You don't have to remember what symptom goes to what problem, just as long as you know there's a problem and can take the van to an expert.
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:50 AM   #4540
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Duly noted... and thanks, y'all, for lookin' out for me.

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Old 08-20-2017, 09:12 AM   #4541
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It is a nice outcome, and I have to believe it is in good part a product of their introduction and early moments together....per Bud's suggestions.

Lily is still Lily , but she has clearly accepted Lenny, they are cohabitating nicely, and playing together on a regular basis.

Can't ask for better than that.

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Glad it's working out. Lily is a good dog, a little uneasy around most other dogs and you are doing a spectacular job. I had hoped for this outcome. Watch them as the puppy could get under Lily's skin, but a quick sharp snap from her and then done is good, long growling etc not good. Enjoy.
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Old 08-20-2017, 09:48 AM   #4542
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Hi Bud, and thank you.

Lenny-the-puppy doesn't always take no for an answer, sometimes wanting to play when Lily is tired and has growled at him to back off, but if he clearly doesn't get the message she will go after him with a sharp bark and a snap or two....he understands then.

No biting, but she is a very clear communicator.

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Hi Bud, and thank you.

Lenny-the-puppy doesn't always take no for an answer, sometimes wanting to play when Lily is tired and has growled at him to back off, but if he clearly doesn't get the message she will go after him with a sharp bark and a snap or two....he understands then.

No biting, but she is a very clear communicator.

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Exactly what we want. Congratulations.
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:39 PM   #4544
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Also, please remember that the OIL PRESSURE LOW warning light means pull over and shut down the engine right now. It's very different from the coolant low light you mentioned a while back.

Checking the oil regularly is intended to prevent that kind of adventure.

The feel of reasonably clean engine oil is no different than cooking oil, so we're not asking you to get into anything dirty or grimy. It washes off the same way as cooking oil. Just don't eat it. Take a paper towel along to wipe off the dipstick so you can put it back and pull it out again to get an accurate reading.

I'm sure you can find someone to teach you.
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:58 PM   #4545
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Thank you, Mimi....it really sounds like something I need to learn to do, something necessary, tho a part of me goes at the very thought of checking the oil.

Now that I can very deftly get under my hood , I can probably figure it out myself from the owners manual....which will show me where it's at.

SIL is off tomorrow, and is going to dab a bit of that leftover roof sealant on each of the small rust spots up there....the ones Vermont RV put a bit of silver rustoleum on when they took care of everything else.

He's a good, good man, who found himself a good, good woman...my darling daughter.

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I'm glad your daughter found I good man. Like that old, old song says, they ain't easy to find. Fortunately, I think both my daughters did the same.

Back to the oil checking thing...

When you pull the dipstick out of the engine, have a couple of paper towels in the other hand ready to catch any oil that drips off of it. That way your engine compartment stays nice and clean. Wipe all the oil off the dipstick, then stick it back in. When you pull it out the second time, again catching any drips with the paper towel, some oil will adhere to the stick. The top edge of that oil will fall on a measuring scale embossed in the stick. There's usually a "normal" range marked. If the oil level is below that, get someone to add some oil for you.

Like Protag said, with experience you can tell a lot by the color and consistency of the oil. For starters, you can tell if the guys you paid to change your oil actually did so. Fresh oil should look almost clean enough to cook with (but don't).
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I will do that, Mimi.

I remember watching Doug check the oil on his souped-up old Camaro that he drove our early years together, so I know what that part is.

I'll find the oil tank, and check it....maybe tomorrow, just for yuks.


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Maggie--Happy Eclipse Day
Back to determining coolant level, as several long time Sprinter technicians told me,
There is no extra reservoir for coolant on the T1N Sprintrs, so don't fill it to top, leave an inch or so to allow for expansion so you don't blow coolant all over the engine compartment.

Very much agree with your experts Mimi and Protagonist

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Old 08-21-2017, 02:02 PM   #4549
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Hi there, Al, and good to hear from you.

I have been warned about not filling too full, and shown the mark to fill to, so am careful of that.

Are you in Oregon viewing the eclipse with the Wyoming crew?

Wished I could have got there, but....

Hi to Jan for me.


Been pulling weeds and doing some yard things for DD this morning, tending to the animals and baking banana bread.

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In Oregon with Gerard and Laura at Burnside Bob's fabulous home/farm/ranch/and
garden. This is a real treat for a city boy, along with Jan and Sir Guinness who is running wild on all this beautiful park like space and eating Miss Figgi's food.

Total Eclipse was spectacular from Mt. Angel, Oregon. Dave will probably post some photos of our experience.


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