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    Quote Originally Posted by mam90 View Post
    Ha Ha! Iíve typed something similar several times and then deleted it..... Glad Iím not the only one that thinks it may be possible some are overthinking this. The 185 I flew on floats had 2 Xís, low and high. Keep it between the Xís and all is good. Longer flight? A little closer to the top X......
    Who marked it?

    I take it you were flying somebody elseís airplane that somebody else maintained?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stewartb View Post
    Who marked it?

    I take it you were flying somebody else’s airplane that somebody else maintained?
    Work airplanes. It looked like factory markings but can’t say for sure.
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    Cessna marks dip sticks on planes which have seaplane kits on both sides. One for wheels and the other for floats.
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    Thanks Pete, I thought that was the case as I saw the markings on a float kitted wheel plane I flew as well.
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    I’ve been told the factory didn’t mark seaplane dipsticks. I don’t know if that’s true or not. My seaplane Xs look like a child marked them. More like a distracted child with bad vision. One exercise I always did when going from wheels to floats was knowing how much oil was in the engine on tires so I knew what the dipstick markings represented.

    I recall a thread on the Skywagons page where a guy commented on how much oil his plane used after an oil change. Predictably he got lots of comments about engines puking out a quart or two when filled to capacity. It turned out he had never verified his dipstick and it read low. Subsequently every time he came back from flying he overfilled his oil. The original post in this thread asked a good question.
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    Stewart,

    Cessna factory did mark the oil dipsticks on seaplane kit equipped 185s. I flew two brand new ones, straight from the factory. Numbers on one side of the dipstick, two XXs on the other side. And, yes, they weren’t “pretty” XXs.

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    My plane hasn’t seen the factory in 46 years and had had a few engines in that time. I’m pretty sure my dipstick came with the last reman arrival and I’m 100% positive it wasn’t accurate as an oil level indicator on either side until I marked it. I’d think my situation is as common as not.
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    See page "i" at the beginning for Oil Dipstick Calibrations: https://www.seaplanescenics.com/docu...185f-poh-1.pdf The 1975 and 1979 models I flew were marked the same.

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