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I have been caught like this and I always check my oil on a cold engine and on flat ground. What can happen is the dip tube is sealed by the dip stick and behaves like when you put a bottle in water open end first. The way to overcome this is to remove the dipstick and clean it then dip it again and this allows the oil to come up the tube and give a correct reading.
 

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This is very correct, learned this the hard way with my old 2.2 Ecotec. I was one to always check oil on a long trip during refueling and noticed my oil was low. Topped it off & drove a few more hours. The next morning when I checked my oil it was high!
Exactly which is why I check my oil in the morning on a cold engine, this gives a consistent accurate level.
 
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