Meaning I need the skinny on it.
Yes, yes, yes, I have read the previous — I found five — posts on this issue; [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
And, yes, I know fuggitabouit; just empty the beasts, fill with (almost) enough oil as specified by service and owner manuals (which, bless Italians everywhere, likely differ, but whatever), and then measure to see if at optimal level, i.e., "between the hedges” as they say in Georgia Bulldogland. :-) And, adjust as required.
With my EV, I just assumed one screwed in said dipstick. I don’t remember the drill with the Ballabio, but when I got the Norge, I learned from gurus who post here and elsewhere that one did not screw the dipstick in, but, instead, rested the flat of the cap on the lip of the filler hole. OK, been doing that for years with the OEM POS plastic dipsticks and the TLM extension. All good, I supposed. Never blew up an engine. OK, actually, two, but I can explain!
So, I get the Stornello. The dealer — who, BTW, delivered the sweet little beast with an outdated map, but, heck, didn’t charge for prep — said screw it in to check. Uhm. OK.
Then, most recently, I removed the POS “lower lowers” on the Norge as the tupperware just became too much of a PITA. That made the TLM extension unnecessary. And, as in what it saved in ease of access when the lowers were in place was almost offset by the small tube making oil changes take a very l.o.n.g. time, I ordered a new-gen stick from Moto-International, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
It’ll be here soon.
When I asked the (very nice) parts guy about the screw-in-or-don’t thing, he professed to be unaware of any procedure other then the former. Hmmmm. OK.
So, then I wander around the M-I website looking for things I might need and not need, intending, of course, to buy as many in each category as I could explain semi-lucidly to Kathi.
Well. Lookee here. In the EV section, not unexpectedly, I see no mention of that “screw it or don’t” method; [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
In the Stornello, however, see this: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
i.e., "Level check with dipstick not screwed in.”
OK, that was a surprise, but see the CARC tune-up offerings. For my Norge, no mention of the “not;" [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
For my 2010 GRiSO, ditto: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
For 1100’s and later 8v’s, ditto, i.e., screw her in.
Color me confused.
Would appreciate counseling at convenience.