Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Rookie SVT Poster
    Join Date
    January 2010
    Location
    Kuwait
    Posts
    47

    How many quarts of oil?

    Hey guys, I just had my first oil change at 600 miles and i was wondering how many quarts of oil were really needed? I know it says 8.5 quarts in the manual but we filled her up with 8.2 and checked the dip stick twice and it was already at max (just below the top hole). Is that fine or should i wait till next morning and check the oil and top it up? (the engine was a bit hot in this 110 degrees weather).

    Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Egi Actum ace72ace's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    New Hamphire
    Posts
    166
    Mine took exactly 8.5, and that put the level dead in the middle of the cross hatches between the holes. Were those US quart bottles? An imperial quart = 1.2 US quarts but that math doesn't add up as you would almost 1 3/4 US quarts over capacity with 8.5 bottles. You, um, also changed the filter, right?

  3. #3
    Rookie SVT Poster
    Join Date
    January 2010
    Location
    Kuwait
    Posts
    47
    I'm sure its US quart. I just went outside and checked the dipstick a couple of times twice on elevated ground and twice with the car on a flat surface and both times it showed be that the oil was MORE than full i.e. the oil was at if not above the top hole on the stick.
    Bear in mind that i was driving the car hard in 120 degrees weather an hour ago and the car was parked on an incline. Would that be a cause? I'm dead sure we've only put 8.2 quarts.

  4. #4
    Insane SVT Poster FKing1's Avatar
    Join Date
    October 2003
    Location
    Dearborn Hgts, Michigan
    Posts
    1,190
    120 temp will increase the volume of the oil.
    Fill mine with 8.5 and add 1/2 qt more when autocrossing.
    Being slightly over the dipstick fill mark will hurt nothing.
    2013 SBY Boss 302.
    97 Cobra Conv Pacific Grn. one of 365
    00 Mod Corvette, Yellow,
    70 Corvette, Maroon,
    1955 F100 restored

  5. #5
    SVT God straightliner1's Avatar
    Join Date
    July 2003
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    Posts
    2,281
    8.5 counting the filter. Makes for an expensive oil change buying 9 quarts of synthetic!
    Justin
    FYI: Two wrongs don't make a right, but three rights make a left!
    2014 Performance Blue Focus ST3

  6. #6
    Rookie SVT Poster GottaBoss's Avatar
    Join Date
    August 2012
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    Posts
    69
    8.5 quarts with filter but I find the dipstick in this car to be a little tough to read (no dipstick jokes please). :-)

    Although I know it's not proper technique I usually check my oil after the car has been sitting for awhile and I can read the stick better.

  7. #7
    Rookie SVT Poster
    Join Date
    January 2010
    Location
    Kuwait
    Posts
    47
    Well, I just went back to check on the oil after leaving the car on level ground for 30 minutes. The oil level is exactly under the top hole of the dipstick.

    I'm just wondering if I should really be concerned about adding that remaining .3 quarts of oil since thats what the manual says.

  8. #8
    SVT God DAVESVT2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    March 2002
    Location
    Central Mass.
    Posts
    4,067
    Quote Originally Posted by GrabberOrange View Post
    Well, I just went back to check on the oil after leaving the car on level ground for 30 minutes. The oil level is exactly under the top hole of the dipstick.

    I'm just wondering if I should really be concerned about adding that remaining .3 quarts of oil since thats what the manual says.
    Because of how hot it was when you changed it, you might not have completely gotten all the oil drained, even though you did the filter too.

    I would say leave it alone and check it again in a week or so.

    This is why I always change my oil when it's cold, IE after it has sat overnight, then I change it in the morning when it is all drained down from the motor into the pan.
    2012 Boss 302 LS # 563
    2000 Cobra R # 76
    1993 Cobra # 2162
    2013 F 150 Extended Cab
    2011 F 350 Worktruck
    2014 Focus SE 5sp

  9. #9
    CORPSMAN UP! USNjocson's Avatar
    Join Date
    April 2013
    Location
    Northern VA
    Posts
    2,425
    Did you warm up your car before changing the oil in order to lower the viscosity?
    Quote Originally Posted by ArmedSuspect View Post
    For over a thousand generations, Terminators were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic before the dark times. Before the Boss manifold

    Airaid Parnelli Jones cold air intake - Kooks full exhaust


  10. #10
    Rookie SVT Poster GottaBoss's Avatar
    Join Date
    August 2012
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    Posts
    69
    Quote Originally Posted by GrabberOrange View Post
    Well, I just went back to check on the oil after leaving the car on level ground for 30 minutes. The oil level is exactly under the top hole of the dipstick.

    I'm just wondering if I should really be concerned about adding that remaining .3 quarts of oil since thats what the manual says.
    No, I would not be concerned. That last .3 quarts out of an 8.5 quart fill is just not going to make a significant difference.

    I'm with the others who question whether you got all the oil out. But one way or the other I wouldn't worry.

  11. #11
    Egi Actum ace72ace's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    New Hamphire
    Posts
    166
    Just changed my oil yesterday, and let it drain for a full hour after letting it idle for a bit to get the oil hot. After filling back up with exactly 8.5 qts, the oil level on the stick was dead on the cross hatch under the top dot. Outside temp was 85F.

  12. #12
    Driving like it's my job justthebest's Avatar
    Join Date
    December 2010
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Posts
    261
    Quote Originally Posted by DAVESVT2000 View Post
    Because of how hot it was when you changed it, you might not have completely gotten all the oil drained, even though you did the filter too.

    I would say leave it alone and check it again in a week or so.

    This is why I always change my oil when it's cold, IE after it has sat overnight, then I change it in the morning when it is all drained down from the motor into the pan.
    I actually like to do my oil when the engine is warm (hot = hot oil / ouch) - the heat lowers the viscosity and (in my mind) results in more of the old dripping out.
    '14 Raptor


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •