Updated at: 16-07-2022 - By: Lucas

Occasionally, when you remember to check the engine’s oil level, you may find that the dipstick is completely dry.

Typically, you panic and start checking the oil level again, only to discover that the dipstick has no oil on it once more. This happens frequently. Once you start wondering how this might have happened, the first thing you do is check underneath the car to see if there are any oil leaks.

Who knows why there’s no oil on the dip stick?

Very low engine oil level

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There are many reasons why you could not notice oil on the dipstick. There’s a problem somewhere, and you’re dealing with significant oil spills or losses.

Dipsticks frequently fail to reach the bottom of the oil pan, resulting in oil that is still present in the engine but unnoticed by the user. Most dipsticks only detect oil in the top two quarts, and if the oil level falls below that, the dipstick will be dry.

This means that the oil in most engines is down to about a quart or a quart and a half. However, larger engines use far more oil than that.

Every time you park your car and notice a puddle under the vehicle, you know there is an oil leak someplace.

Oil losses, on the other hand, are more difficult to detect because there are rarely any visible signs of their occurrence. There are a number of reasons for this, including worn piston rings, worn intake valve guides, and worn seals in the valve guides and seals of the intake valves.

The low oil level warning light also plays a crucial part here, although it doesn’t work properly. This prevents the driver from realizing that the engine oil is at a dangerously low level, which can only lead to irreparable engine damage.

Occasionally, a mechanic may simply forget to complete a fundamental operation like changing the engine oil and filter after you bring your car to the shop to have it serviced. Despite the fact that this is a major oversight, I’ve seen employees who were negligent and distracted enough to just add a little amount of oil to the engine.

You just changed the engine oil

This is a novice mistake, in my opinion. If you check the oil level right after changing the oil and filters, there’s a good chance you won’t see any oil. I know it’s insane, but it’s possible. Simply let the oil to cool down for a few minutes before checking again.

Wrong dipstick

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If you don’t see any oil on the dipstick, it could be because you’re looking at the wrong dipstick. If you swap one engine’s dipstick for another’s, you’ll be in for a surprise when it comes to readings of the oil level.. Even if the dipstick looks like it should fit the engine, you may be disappointed to learn that it does not in fact.

If the dipstick doesn’t seal properly, the engine oil could leak out and cause significant oil loss and engine filth.

What to do when there is no oil on the dipstick?

As a best practice, it is always a good idea to check the oil level periodically and, if necessary, add the same amount of oil back into the engine and check again until the level reaches the required level.

As a rule of thumb, if you don’t know what kind of oil your engine uses, it’s preferable to get it serviced by an authorized shop using a type of oil that your manufacturer recommends.

In addition, make sure your engine has the correct dipstick.


The engine will be severely harmed if the oil level is too low. If you haven’t heard, oil ensures the lubrication of the engine, and if that lubrication is insufficient or nonexistent, the engine will suffer irreparable harm.

When the gasoline level in a modern engine drops below a certain level, the engine will simply shut down.