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Oil capacity when changing oil

I have an 06 6.0 and let me just start off by saying these oil dipsticks are a joke impossible to read. When I change my oil I always have my truck at operating temp before changing the oil. I drain the oil out of the drain pan then while thats draining I go up top and do the filter so I pretty sure I'm getting most of the oil out of this rig. When refilling it I put the 15 qts. back like the book says I just have a feeling Im over filing it how much oil do you guys put back in. I can also smell burnt oil smell and never spilled a drop,my buddy has this same problem with his 05. Should I only put 14 qts. in. or what. Thank you for the help.
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needs 15 quarts , and they have revised the dipstick to a better one that can be read better, you may have a leak if you are smelling oil

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i have been told to unscrew the oil filter first before you even crawl under the truck this will allow all the oil to drain into the pan. that is what i do with my 6.0 and 15 qts always makes it full.
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Do you guys not get an oil burning smell right after you change your oil
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i put 14 quarts, but i got a 97
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It takes 13.5 to put mine to the middle of the hashmarks on the dipstick. As long as it's between add and full it's fine.

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It takes 13.5 to put mine to the middle of the hashmarks on the dipstick. As long as it's between add and full it's fine.
the 6.0 needs 15 quarts, low oil level can mess with the operation of the HPOP and cause fuel injection problems. Put 15 quarts in.

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I've done this too many times. I know exactly how many quarts of oil my truck takes. There were lots of the earlier 6.0L trucks that only needed 13.5 quarts of oil. 14 puts mine over the top of the dipstick even after the engine has been run and the filter is full. As long as it's in the operating range on the dipstick IT"S FINE.

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I've done this too many times. I know exactly how many quarts of oil my truck takes. There were lots of the earlier 6.0L trucks that only needed 13.5 quarts of oil. 14 puts mine over the top of the dipstick even after the engine has been run and the filter is full. As long as it's in the operating range on the dipstick IT"S FINE.
the dipsticks arent always accurate Tim, i have to agree with clay, not that a quart either way is gonna make alot of difference , but ive found out every dipstick is different

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I've done this too many times. I know exactly how many quarts of oil my truck takes. There were lots of the earlier 6.0L trucks that only needed 13.5 quarts of oil. 14 puts mine over the top of the dipstick even after the engine has been run and the filter is full. As long as it's in the operating range on the dipstick IT"S FINE.
If you were to over fill it even by one quart, you wouldn't hurt a thing, in fact you could put 4 extra quarts in it and not ever know a difference...don't ask how i know that.
I've seen 6.0s that were 2 quarts low throwing ICP codes. All because the oil was low.

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