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7.3 engine oil dipstick length check
Will someone please check the engine oil dipstick length on a comparable year truck so I can compare it to mine.
I purchased my 1st diesel a 2000 F-250 extended cab short bed 4x4 7.3 turbo diesel a few weeks ago. I changed the oil a few days ago and I am not sure what to think of what I found. I have checked the oil several times since I bought it. It has a few oil leaks so I have been keeping a close eye on it. It has always been full, maybe a little overfull when looking at the dipstick.
I drained the oil and got out around 10 quarts including the oil out of the filter. I know how much came out because I poured it into gallon jugs to take it to a recycling center.
My owners manual, and every place I look, says it holds 15.0 quarts including 2 quarts in the oil filter.
I put 15.0 quarts of oil in it (including the oil I put in the oil filter) and let it run for a few minutes, I then let it set for 20 mins or so before checking the oil level on the dipstick, it shows way over full on the stick. It is pretty hard to screw up draining the oil out of the pan. I also know how much oil I put in it.
I am convinced someone has swapped dipsticks in this truck. I checked mine at close to 46" from the end, where the plastic piece w/ the oil level marks are, to where it seats on the end of the dipstick tube. The seating surface is about 1" up inside the T-handle of the dipstick on the one I am checking.
I know I have the correct amount of oil in it but it still freaks with my head knowing it is way too high on the dipstick.
The previous owner had a bad experience w/ the dealer when he bought this truck. Basically he got screwed. After stopping to get fuel a few blocks from where he bought it. He had to go back and get the transmission dipstick that was missing when he opened the hood to check the fluids. They just pulled one out of a 2002 diesel on the lot. God knows if they got the right one back in that truck.
Last edited by cman962; 05-23-2009 at 07:48 AM.
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