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Old 02-18-2014, 05:20 PM
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Oil change question

Hey guys, I'm still pretty new to the diesel world. And I changed the oil in my 2001 7.3 this evening. I drained the oil, replaced filter, and filled the engine back up with oil. I started it up and let it run for a few minutes then shut it off and checked it. It was showing about 3 quarts low. I read everywhere and they said they took 15 quarts and that's what I put in it. So I was wondering why it was reading low.

Now here's the kicker. The first thing I noticed when I got this truck was that the handle for the dipstick was missing. It had a few passes of black tape wrapped around it to act as a stop. Could it be that the previous own had somehow broke the dipstick and just fixed it shorter? And should I worry about running it until I get a new dipstick ordered if that's the case? Thanks for any help!



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Old 02-18-2014, 05:27 PM
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Get a new dipstick. 15-16 qts is all it takes
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Alrighty, that's kinda what I was thinking too. But I was just wondering. Are you supposed to fill the filter and then put around 15 quarts in? Because I didn't fill the filter. I just oiled the ring and put it on the truck, then added 15 quarts


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Old 02-18-2014, 05:49 PM
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When I had my 95, I filled the filter and then filled the engine but it only took 15.5 qts total every time.
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Alrighty, I appreciate the info. I'll just try to order a dip stick tomorrow. I'm gonna assume it's probably a dealer item


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Yeah. Usually they aren't too expensive.
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Well I'll try to find one in the morning.

After thinking about it, it was reading low on oil before I changed it and I got right around 15 quarts out of it after I calculated what I spilled on the ground and everything, lol


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