the oil level in an MGBGTV8|
Marcus Schopen posted a query on the V8 Bulletin
Board saying "just a simple question: my oil level on the oil dipstick of
my V8 is exactly in the middle between low and high. Is that enough or should
it be more? I've checked the oil level after the car was in the garage for three
days and before starting."
Bob Owen's response was "That's just
fine Marcus. If the engine is in good condition the V8 uses very little oil. Mine
has done about 120,000 miles and a holiday in Italy, typically 3,200 miles, gives
a just perceptible level drop on the dipstick. Don't go above "MAX"
- there's a risk of oil being thrashed by the crank and the oil pump sucking on
froth. Below "MIN" there's a risk of oil not being at the oil pump intake,
especially while cornering."
Victor Smith noted "How to check the
engine oil level is covered on page
52 of the MGBGTV8 Driver's Handbook AKD8423. It is an essential reference
source for basic service information. Copies are available from Brown & Gammons
at GBP 7.95 plus carriage - see their useful website for further details in the
"Books" section at: http://www.ukmgparts.com - the key point is to change
the oil regularly as the passageways supplying the rocker shafts can get sludged
up and with the low pressure-high volume engine oil lubrication system on the
V8 it's not a good idea to have dirty oil."