You can remove the o-ring from the top of the stick, it sometimes helps in getting a correct reading.
This has been covered a 1000 times on here.
198k, 5/20/12 new ej257 short block, 8/20/11 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. CHECK your oil, these cars use it.
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