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Hello. I’m new to Porsche and this site, so I hope you all bare with me while I learn about this car I acquired. Was wondering if my oil bar being 1.9 at idle is normal for this vehicle? Oil temp around 220. Also, had oil changed about 500 miles ago. Min oil light came on. Only oil they had was 5w 30 synthetic. As it was 3:30 in the morning not a lot of places available. Any help with this car would be greatly appreciated
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I have a ‘10 4S and it idles at around 2 bar. 2.5 bar under load. I also got the low oil level error after an oil change. Topping it off fixed it. Just remember the 5 levels on the oil level gauge total 1 liter.
 
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The min light shouldn't t be coming on after 500 miles on a new oil change unless whoever changed it did not fill properly.
I would nt worry about the 1.9 at idle ... they drop pretty low with hot oil at idle.
So you know 5-30w is the wrong oil (0-40 or 5-40) but a little won t hurt anything.
 
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I appreciate all the info. Thank you!
 
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Good to know. Thank you very much!
 
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yes, most already chimed in. 5W30 is not what I would use, but would not hurt the car short term.
Next oil change, use 5W40. I use castrol edge, had great experience with my other porsche and this one too.
Monitor oil as Panameras do consume it, and it varies car to car. Yours should consume less (non turbo).
Make sure it it topped up at least once a week, more often if you drive a lot.

Every segment of oil stick on cluster display, is about one glass full or 250cc.
If you monitor often, you can catch oil when it jumps down one notch. Then you know you are at top of the lower level of oil.
You add in increments of 250cc for each segment. Then, you can measure how many miles it takes to lose one segment. Gives you good estimate for next time.
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Quick question on segment of oil sticks on cluster display

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yes, most already chimed in. 5W30 is not what I would use, but would not hurt the car short term.
Next oil change, use 5W40. I use castrol edge, had great experience with my other porsche and this one too.
Monitor oil as Panameras do consume it, and it varies car to car. Yours should consume less (non turbo).
Make sure it it topped up at least once a week, more often if you drive a lot.

Every segment of oil stick on cluster display, is about one glass full or 250cc.
If you monitor often, you can catch oil when it jumps down one notch. Then you know you are at top of the lower level of oil.
You add in increments of 250cc for each segment. Then, you can measure how many miles it takes to lose one segment. Gives you good estimate for next time.
Good luck. Chose a great car.
Hi Ciaka. Thanks for this post and sorry for resurrecting this thread. your information on the 250cc per segment is interesting and enlightening. I recently got a low oil warning and really got worried that I had 0 engine oil. I just want to confirm my interpretation and theory with you. Please see the picture below. Since the PanameraS takes about 9 liters of oil, do I still have 8 liters left if this happens again?



 
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Yes red doesn’t mean you’re out of oil but close to a liter low. I remember freaking out when I first got my 4S and it showed red on the highway going back home. Not catastrophic but should top up ASARP.
 
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That is exactly correct. Your interpretation on the picture is correct. Each of the 4 squares on the 'dip stick' picture represent 250cc each, for total of 1L or about 1 qt.
If your car gives you warning showing oil level below the 4 squares (colored little triangle), you are down about 1 quart. This is because engine parts need proper lubrication on all moving components, and specific levels are needed to ensure oil goes everywhere it needs to.
You can still have a lot of oil inside the oil pan, and still be causing harm to your engine, if level is low enough to prevent proper distribution inside engine.
I would always ensure that oil level is at top of upper most square and color of the gauge is always green. Check oil once a week or so and you will do well. My rule is I add 250cc any time I notice the level go down exposing upper most 4th square (my cars is a PTT - which drink oil more).
Good job being interested in your car. The more interest you show, the less hassle you will have later on fixing. Take care and let us know if you have any questions.



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Hi Ciaka. Thanks for this post and sorry for resurrecting this thread. your information on the 250cc per segment is interesting and enlightening. I recently got a low oil warning and really got worried that I had 0 engine oil. I just want to confirm my interpretation and theory with you. Please see the picture below. Since the PanameraS takes about 9 liters of oil, do I still have 8 liters left if this happens again?

 
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Just to provide a good guideline for oil pressure, page 100 of the user manual states what pressure should be at a given rpm of engine.
You can save the link and have online copy of the manual for future reference. I use it often.




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Hello. I’m new to Porsche and this site, so I hope you all bare with me while I learn about this car I acquired. Was wondering if my oil bar being 1.9 at idle is normal for this vehicle? Oil temp around 220. Also, had oil changed about 500 miles ago. Min oil light came on. Only oil they had was 5w 30 synthetic. As it was 3:30 in the morning not a lot of places available. Any help with this car would be greatly appreciated
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forgot to mention. 2012 panamera 3.6 v6
 
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This is really good to know. I keep an eye on mine since this is the way to check it and the car is new to me (2015 4S). Right now mine is green and is missing 2 bars, my next oil change shows 2,400 miles left or 60 days. Should I add oil at this point or let it be?
 
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I would add half a quart now, your oil change will come in few weeks likely, but why get engine running hotter when you can spend 3 or 4 bucks to keep it running properly. Oil needs certain level to keep components well lubricated. Less oil means oil goes into fewer spots, and/or less oil goes into those spots for lubrication.
My rule of thumb, I always keep 5 quarts in garage for top ups, etc. Same with coolant (keep 1 jug mixed Pentofrost E with distilled water 50/50 for southern places), and 1 can brake fluid ATE200, and a can of PDCC oil CHF202 or CHF11S (same stuff).


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This is really good to know. I keep an eye on mine since this is the way to check it and the car is new to me (2015 4S). Right now mine is green and is missing 2 bars, my next oil change shows 2,400 miles left or 60 days. Should I add oil at this point or let it be?
 

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Hello! Just sharing my experience. Mine has recently showed 1 bar below max so I followed ciaka's advice: to Add 250cc of oil for a single bar down. That was pretty accurate! Oil level is back to max! Thanks!

 
 
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