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Oil change now smoke from filler

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Car is an '02 Aero with 68k. Just did an oil change with Rotella T 5W40 fully synthetic oil to get ready for a road trip tomorrow, and after I got done, I fired the car up, went to check the oil level, and there are small wisps of smoke coming from the oil filler when I take the cap off. What gives? Just condensation? Or a more ominous problem I discovered at a bad time?

Also, am I checking my oil level properly? With the car off, take the dipstick and just read the level the oil is at on the little bulb at the base? Its about 2/3 of the way up the bulb. I always assumed that was the proper level.

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Search is my friend...appears its just some vapor from opening the cap while the engine is running. No "smoke" when let the car sit for 1 minute after shutdown before opening filler cap to check the level.

Still a little unsure how exactly to read the dang dipstick...worst invention ever.
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