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Old 04-04-2007, 12:13 AM
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Dipstick over MAX!

I just changed the oil in my Dad's 07 6.0L. My concern is that the dipstick says that it is over max, yet I put exactly 3.75 gallons or 15 quarts into the motor. I drained the oil from the pan when the truck was at operating temp. Left the drain plug out the whole time I spent changing the oil filter up top(Did notice more oil drain when changing filter). Spent more time with the drain plug out as I got my oil measured out and finally added three 1 gallon bottles of Amsoil 15-40 and added 2839 cc (.75 Gallon); of course after putting the drain plug back in and torquing the filter housing but to 18ft-lbs. After all this careful measuring and about 25 minutes of the drain plug removed, I still get a reading above max on the dipstick. Anyone? Any damage possibilities?
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Old 04-04-2007, 06:29 AM
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Did you measure with with the dip stick seat all the way down? The dipstick should only go in so that the bottom of the handle touches the top of the dip tube.
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:37 AM
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Are you serious? The dipstick doesn't go all the way in when I check?
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:27 AM
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I believe that's correct.
The dipsticks are funky anyway. It's hard to get a good reading, but if you are positive you added the correct amount of oil you should be ok.
Have you considered doing an oil analysis to make sure you don't have a leaking injector or something else that would cause you to "make oil"?
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on a 6.0 if you dont pull the oil filter cap off first...the oil wont drain out of the filter housing and you will not get that 1.5 or so quarts out.....
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oh thats good to know Marc, Thanks for the info!
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on a 6.0 if you dont pull the oil filter cap off first...the oil wont drain out of the filter housing and you will not get that 1.5 or so quarts out.....

are u serious w/ this statement...

as i have alway drained pan first and then come up top. and never have i seen a mark above the 'max' line. and furthermore, no oil is in w/ the filter when i pull it out. and i have never had any issues and my blackstone reports are a o k.
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im dead serious....the oil will not drain out of the oil filter housing with the cap on....otherwise it would have to refill the filter housing each start up....
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Old 04-04-2007, 12:28 PM
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uumm, i am at a loss of words. because as i said, i drain pan first and then come up to the filter. and every time i open it, there is no oil in the canister area. always put in 15 quarts w/ a filter change and never had any issues. oil is filled right to around the max line and seems fine. (except for the time i dumped too much in and it filled to just above the black tip -barely, that was at the 5K mile blackstone test. i left it as is and have had no issues.)
any clues as to why this would differ from what you are saying marc? am by no means trying to be a smartass or anything just trying to learn (figure) something out. could it be just my weird dumb luck??
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uumm, i am at a loss of words. because as i said, i drain pan first and then come up to the filter. and every time i open it, there is no oil in the canister area. always put in 15 quarts w/ a filter change and never had any issues. oil is filled right to around the max line and seems fine. (except for the time i dumped too much in and it filled to just above the black tip -barely, that was at the 5K mile blackstone test. i left it as is and have had no issues.)
any clues as to why this would differ from what you are saying marc? am by no means trying to be a smartass or anything just trying to learn (figure) something out. could it be just my weird dumb luck??
the 15 quarts i cant explain...but the dry filter i can....when you take the cap off the oil drains down no matter what....so thats why you pull out a dry filter....you just drained it into the crankcase and not the drain pan...
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