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Old 08-08-2010, 01:08 PM
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Two oil changes I've done myself on this truck and had the same odd result both times. I only drain about 3.75 quarts ... but it takes the whole 6 quarts to refill. What gives? I know I lose some in the old filter ... a quart maybe, but where is the other oil going. This time I did check the level just before I drained it and it was a tad low (just under the safe line) but not way out of line.

I just can't figure how if I only recover 3.5q of oil how I can put 6q back in and the level is exactly right.

I'm not upset, I just can't figure it out.
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That is interesting and a good question, too. Guess I just never thought about it, but that does seem odd. I wouldn't think it would retain quite that much. I'm sure Randy will have some insight here.

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I guess I must be alone with this happening. I'm not spilling ... and all 6 quarts go right on in. It's like magic.
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Do you fill up the filter before you put it on? How much oil is engine supposed to take? Just a tad below the fill line, is that cold or hot? Also, that could be between .25 and half a quart right there.
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Two oil changes I've done myself on this truck and had the same odd result both times. I only drain about 3.75 quarts ... but it takes the whole 6 quarts to refill. What gives? I know I lose some in the old filter ... a quart maybe, but where is the other oil going. This time I did check the level just before I drained it and it was a tad low (just under the safe line) but not way out of line.

I just can't figure how if I only recover 3.5q of oil how I can put 6q back in and the level is exactly right.

I'm not upset, I just can't figure it out.
Just under the 'safe' line......as in just under the line where your supposed to add a quart?

Extract = 3.75qt
Filter = ~1qt
Just below add line = 1.25qt
3.75 + 1 + 1.25 = 6qt

?? Just one possible solution ??
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I pumped gas for ten years and as far as I remember, the hatched "safe" zone on the stick represents one full quart. So I'm going with brad's assessment here. Could just be a perception thing, like UFOs and Bigfoot (I'm in trouble now, aren't I, lol).
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Same thing happens to me, but it's only about one quart. I let my truck sit over night, so all the oil drips down to the oil pan, then I due the switch. I am guessing if you do it after the truck has ran for awhile, more oil will be in the engine and less to extract.
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I warm up the engine a bit, maybe do a beer run, return home, break out the ramps, drive up on them, put the 30 or 60 beer in the fridge, change clothes, get everything ready, test the exhaust for the burn factor
then get dirty

With the Ram, i drive 6 miles & pull up to the Service Dept & they have it for about 2 hours, while i drink hot chocolate & shoot the bull
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Same thing happens to me, but it's only about one quart. I let my truck sit over night, so all the oil drips down to the oil pan, then I due the switch. I am guessing if you do it after the truck has ran for awhile, more oil will be in the engine and less to extract.
Maybe, but also in a warm engine the oil shoul dbe more viscous and drain faster. At least that's the theory I've heard behind doing an oil chagne on a warm vehichle.
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