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15qts and I'm still low on the stick?

Thanks for all of the helpful information on this forum. I've been able to tackle several projects on my X based mostly on the info I've found online here (FICM). I decided to start doing my oil changes and fuel filter changes myself and it was a breeze.

One issue is that now that I've changed my oil with exactly 15qts, I'm showing low on the dipstick. Right on the word low actually. I've read plenty on here about how it's not good to overfill the 6.0L.
Is there any chance that my dipstick is reading that far the wrong way? Since I changed my oil while it was fairly hot and also on my sloped driveway could some of the HPOP oil drained out as well? ( checked the oil on flat ground after a test drive)

The fuel filter on the frame rail was crazy tight coming off and back on, is that normal? So far no leaks.

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15 qts is it all it takes. Are you fully seating the dipstick when you check your oil?

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Dave,

I checked that last night and it was fully seated. I drove only about .5 mile for the test drive and let it sit about 1hr before checking it. Just to be sure, I ran downstairs and checked again here at work (25 mile interstate drive) and now I'm showing at the M on Max??? I've been changing my own oil in my gas cars and trucks for years so this is a new one on me. Does it take longer for the oil to drain back to the pan in a diesel maybe?

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I checked that last night and it was fully seated. I drove only about .5 mile for the test drive and let it sit about 1hr before checking it. Just to be sure, I ran downstairs and checked again here at work (25 mile interstate drive) and now I'm showing at the M on Max??? I've been changing my own oil in my gas cars and trucks for years so this is a new one on me. Does it take longer for the oil to drain back to the pan in a diesel maybe?

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Yes it does. Theres alot more for the oil to go through in a powerstroke than there is in a gasser

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Any thoughts on adding Prolong Engine Treatment? I'm running Rotella T 15W40 and live in Florida where it's Hot more than it's Not.

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On my truck I run Shell Rotella T6 Full Sytnthetic (on sale for $22/gal at Discount autoparts. I also run some RevX once in a but for smooth running for our two cool months in FL. I am familiar with Zmax and its ok stuff but prolong is pretty dang old technology...I would not use it, but what do you other guys think?
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Dang, I didn't see the Synthetic for $22/gal. That is a pretty good deal. I'm assuming the T6 is pretty good stuff like the Rotella T is for Dino oil. I'm curious about the oil additives since I've heard not to add anything that could thicken the oil as it can mess with the injectors...but I'm a novice on this stuff for Diesels.
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Any opinion on the best place to get the Motorcraft Oil Filter and Fuel Filters? My dealer charged $24 for the Oil Filter and $69.50 for the Fuel Filter. Or is this about normal pricing for these items?
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Oh! Walmart has rotella t6 for $20.50/gal!
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