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This is most likely a bad sensor, which is down by the oil pan. My mom's W211 recently had the same problem. The sensor is relatively inexpensive (for a Benz part) at $108 or so.
That is just your guess and as you fly aircraft I hope you dont make too many assumptions and guesses. After all I might be a passenger

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Thank you too Flyboyike.

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I've had problems reading my dipstick too, and similar to a suggestion above I've wiped the dipstick clean, put it back in and gradually slid a paper towel down it until I first see the oil show.

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That is just your guess and as you fly aircraft I hope you dont make too many assumptions and guesses. After all I might be a passenger
You're right. It is, however, an educated guess backed up by experience with an identical problem on a similar vehicle. And since you brought it up, we make assumptions and guesses while flying all the time, for instance, when I read a weather report, I have to assume that what's on the screen is, in fact, what was observed at the airport in question. When I plan a descent, I sometimes have to make a guess on what the initial descent rate should be, then adjust as necessary. None of this is any big deal, pretty routine stuff really.

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Today the car measures the level as O.K. cold. It was shortly after driving it yesterday that I saw the reduce message. I then measured with the dipstick cold and as I was still unsure of the level visually, I tried Eric's toilet paper method. It is definitely above the full mark. I think I'll call the dealer again before driving the 50 miles up there next Tuesday to see if they tell me the same thing (safe to drive).

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Today the car measures the level as O.K. cold. It was shortly after driving it yesterday that I saw the reduce message. I then measured with the dipstick cold and as I was still unsure of the level visually, I tried Eric's toilet paper method. It is definitely above the full mark. I think I'll call the dealer again before driving the 50 miles up there next Tuesday to see if they tell me the same thing (safe to drive).
Why drive it to the dealers? a local garage can do it for you as it is a very simple job

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You're right. It is, however, an educated guess backed up by experience with an identical problem on a similar vehicle. And since you brought it up, we make assumptions and guesses while flying all the time, for instance, when I read a weather report, I have to assume that what's on the screen is, in fact, what was observed at the airport in question. When I plan a descent, I sometimes have to make a guess on what the initial descent rate should be, then adjust as necessary. None of this is any big deal, pretty routine stuff really.
I was being sarcastic, dont take it to heart. You guys do a grand job, I know how difficult the decisions can be as I used to fix helicopters. Scout and Lynx but I often had to go out on a sorte with the pilot. Flying around the foot hills of the Alps in a Scout during a storm is not an experience I want again, but he got us home and cool as they could be

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Flying around the foot hills of the Alps in a Scout during a storm is not an experience I want again.
Heck, it's not an experience I want at all, much less again.

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Why drive it to the dealers? a local garage can do it for you as it is a very simple job
True enough Eric, but I'm in the middle of an oil consumption test so if I don't go back to the same place the'll have to start that over again; plus I already have an appointment to upgrade to the digital TeleAid next Tuesday. Sorry if this is confusing but I have 2 threads going right now about my car. Aren't you contributing to my other one also? Thanks for your thoughts, by the way.

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Drove it to the dealer

I didn't call the service writer back, I just drove the 50 miles back to the dealer today keepng the RPMs below 3000 and I am waiting on it as I type this.

I mentioned the foaming issue Marcus told us about and he seemed to know all about it. He said that was true with the "older oils" but not Mobil1. He explained that the modern synthetics have higher detergent levels and "anti-foaming" agent(s).

My BS meter might be a bit off today, but he's pretty convincing. If there's anything else to report, I'll be back later with the news.

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