Originally Posted by themeat424
Exactly, so now is the dipstick telling the true story on what the oil level should be? or do we just go with the manual that says 6 quarts? Basically, can we confirm that the 6 quarts mentioned in the manual is referring to a completely dry engine, and that when doing a full oil change with filter there is still approximately a half quart sitting in the motor?
By what I've read, the majority here at TW agree that the manual provides accurate capacities and that the dipstick is off a little, but not enough to be a serious problem, and the fact that the stick is hard to read does not help matters. I suppose the 6.2 qts in the manual could be for a dry (new or freshly rebuilt) engine but I cannot confirm this. What I can confirm is this: as long as you add between 5-6 quarts after a good drain and filter change, and the level reads between the marks on the stick after the engine is run, you're golden. I don't understand why some owners insist that the oil level is exactly perfectly full. As Rich said, the stick is only a gauge and it tells you if there's enough oil in the engine, not the exact quantity. Many engines burn a little oil between changes, and even the worst burners are not blowing up as soon as the level drops a half- or full-quart. Typically the level has to get seriously low (like 3 quarts or less remaining) before damage occurs, at which point it probably won't even register on the dipstick, which is why it's important to check the level regularly in the first place. To each their own.