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I just changed my oil today and noticed something, the manual says 5.0 quarts. I don't think I've EVER put that much in there. I put about 4.5 quarts in today (including the filter), more than I usually put, and my dipstick level is about 3mm OVER the full line.
In the past I've done 4 quarts even, and on my truk that brings the dipstick level to just below the full line.
Do you guys go by the dipstick indicator, or the owners manual? Ive always gone by the dipstick and never had problems. This is the first time I've ever "overfilled", according to the stick, but according to the manual, I could put in another half quart of oil. And that just doesn't sit right with me.
 

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Make sure to check the oil level after you run the engine for the first time after an oil change. I can't remember how much I actually put in mine though.
 
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I always put in 5 quarts and it always reads at the full line on the dipstick
 
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Every vehicle I've ever had, I've always gone by the manufacturers spec's relative to how much oil to put into the crankcase on a stock engine.

I don't pay a lot of attention to any specific dipstick markings, except to use them as a reference mark after I've put in the proper amount of oil per manufacturers spec's after an oil change. I've even taken dipsticks in the past and filed a very slight "notch" in them to indicate the "full" mark on them.
 
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i drain the oil, change the filter, put all 5 quarts in, start it till the oil pressure reads, shut it off and check. always reads full for me.
 
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i drain the oil, change the filter, put all 5 quarts in, start it till the oil pressure reads, shut it off and check. always reads full for me.
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Guess I should start putting more oil in then.
 
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