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Old 05-28-2005, 03:50 PM   #1
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Oil Capacity

OK, I am the pround new owner of a 2004 SMM. I just did my second oil change and am confused about the oil capacity.

The manual says to use 4.4 qts. when replacing the filter. I did so and the level seems to be too low on the dipstick. It's very clean and hard to see so that may be part of the problem. Even when using my Surefire LED flashlight it seems to be level with the lowest hole in the dipstick though.

What has your experience been?

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Old 05-28-2005, 08:30 PM   #2
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Re: Oil Capacity

I had the same experience. Put in 5 quarts, ran the engine until warm then checked oil level again and everything was just fine; not overfilled.
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Old 05-29-2005, 05:35 AM   #3
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Re: Oil Capacity

I have found 4.4 quarts to be too little as well.

I put in 4.6 quarts, and this puts the oil in the proper range on the dipstick.
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Old 05-29-2005, 08:53 AM   #4
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Re: Oil Capacity

That's funny because I never use more than four quarts. The oil level is always right in the middle of the safe zone, and I check every other time I fill up and it's always in the same spot.

I used to work in an oil change place and sometimes the same exact cars/motors would have slight variations in the amount of oil they took. Oh well as long as the oil is full or in the safe area it should be fine.
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Old 05-29-2005, 09:31 AM   #5
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Re: Oil Capacity

I changed my oil this week and was thinking about posting this same post. I put in 4.5 quarts and noticed it checked low. I ended up putting 5 quarts in and it was perfect. I have to assume that 4.4 does not include the filter and the filter holds about a half (or 0.6) quarts. It is always interesting to hear what others are doing but from now on, I will be using 5 quarts every time.

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Old 03-07-2010, 01:38 AM   #6
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I have one of these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ef=oss_product and it pumped out exactly 5 qts before it couldn't pump anymore. I popped the filter off via removal of the passenger side tire and about a cup came out. I placed a shopping bag over the area that usually catches the spill to avoid gunking up the components. I replaced it with a Fram 7317 filter. Special at Walmart Valvoline 5w20 full synthetic 5qt container $20.50. poured the dirty oil into the empty Valvoline container after refilling and promptly recycled by driving with the fresh blood. good to go

ps. I change between 4-5k miles, leaning closer to 4
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:34 PM   #7
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I have found if you I let my element stay flat I get aprox 4.5 quarts out.
If I raise the passenger side front with a floor jack (not enough to lift the wheel off the ground) I can get 5 quarts out. Also I don't need to remove the wheel to remove the filter. I just reach over the tire and through the hole. And if you use the oil deflector found here:
http://www.handa-accessories.com/elementmaint.html
Under the filter It doesn't make a mess.
I use mobile one 5-20 and only change it when it tells me too. (aprox 7k)
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Old 03-07-2010, 02:26 PM   #8
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Mine took 5 quarts but I had it on ramps with the front end approx, 8 inches off the ground. I figured thats what made the difference. More drained out with it raised up like that.
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