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Old 10-04-2009, 08:46 AM
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Oil Level Issue?

Since I bought my truck in 06, I have changed the oil religously.

Every time, I change the filter, let it drain for 10 minutes, fill with 15 QTS and the level is spot on!

This time, I did the exact same, but the oil level is above the max.

Not a lot higher, the oil level just touches the top of the "bulb" on the end of the dipstick.

Is this something to worry about - should I go drain some oil out of it?

It just pisses me off because I do the same thing every time and am now getting an above full reading.


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Old 10-04-2009, 09:04 AM
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That's funny you posted this because I just changed mine and I'm in somewhat in the same position. Except this time I put 15 quarts in and mine isn't all the way the the "max" line, just about 3/4 on the line. I know I put 15 quarts in because on the Valvoline jugs it's marked on the side, and I only had 1 quart left. Should I top it off, i.e. use more or just leave it?

Also, best mod I've done thus far has to be the Fumoto valve, easiest oil change I've ever done! Highly recommended!
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:07 AM
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As for your question I don't think that much over will hurt anything, I'd leave it...
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:12 AM
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Thanks for the info on the Fumoto valve, I was wondering how well that thing worked!

No leaks or anything?
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:16 AM
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None whatsoever, flawless. I got the one with the nipple that takes a 3/8 hose, which I use to run into empty 1 gallon jugs. I fill one up at a time, closing each time while switching. Like I said works great, only thing I did to give me piece of mind was use a small hose clamp to screw on the end to make sure it doesn't "accidentally" open, which I don't see how it could, but like I said put my mind at ease...

Though it does take a bit longer, but not much...
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:23 AM
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Many people only put in 14 quarts. This makes it much easier to see if you are using oil or not. If your level is over the bulb to begin with, how do you know if you are beginning to use oil or not? Basically you will have to wait until it drops into range on the bulb. There is no problem running one or even two quarts low on oil. Ford clearly states that you do not have to add oil until you get to the minimum mark.

Even worse than not knowing right-away that you are losing oil is not being able to see an oil level INCREASE! If you have fuel leaking into the oil, you will never see it if your oil level starts out ABOVE the bulb. If it gets bad enough, you will eventually smell it though! By the time you smell it, you will most likely have starting problems!

That being said, clearly Ford states the refill capacity to be 15 quarts, so you should have no issue w/ 15 quarts - as long as you allowed the filter housing to properly drain during your oil change procedure.
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:36 AM
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Makes since, thanks...
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:48 PM
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Hey so how far you going in between oil changes? I'm going about 4500, though this next time I'm going to send off my oil to blackstone for analysis.
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Well it was bugging me so I drained a little out and put the level back to where it's supposed to be.

I guess maybe I didn't let it drain long enough the last time I changed it??? Who knows.

I'll keep an eye on it.

I change my oil every 6-7000K miles.

No issues thus far.
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:00 PM
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LOL, that's funny. I would have done the same thing...
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