2011 Hyundai Equus: Down a Half Quart
August 23, 2011
I checked the oil yesterday in our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus, and the level was down at the low mark on the car's analog dipstick. However, that is absolutely *not* seen in this photo, because by the time I'd finneagled (phinaygulled?) My First DSLR into my other right hand while still holding the dipstick in my other left hand, gravity had caused the bead of oil to run down to the full mark (and I didn't notice until I pulled up the images on my computer). But trust me, it was at the "L" mark! Or don't trust me, because what do you care, you're never going to own this particular Equus.
So I needed to add oil. As usual, the iPad owners manual was not charged, so I reached for the analog version of the Equus manual, which includes two main volumes (one for the car, one for its cabin electronics), plus numerous supplements. Conveniently, the back of the main book tells you exactly which kinds of oil you can use and even refers you to the specific pages of the owners manual where you can go to get more information. This is incredibly handy.
It turned out we had some of the appropriate 5W20 on hand at the office, but I couldn't find a funnel. This was too bad. You see, althought the dipstick and oil fill point are located right near the front of the engine compartment to minimize your reach, the filler mouth is smaller in diameter than I'd like (I should have taken a photo... sorry) and it was hard to pour the oil in without slopping it over the sides. I did a fair (but not good) job of wiping it up.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 11,528 miles