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How much oil DOES the 6.1L really take ??
Ok, this is sorta getting to me now...
6,700 miles, and I changed oil twice now, and I still don't have a good feel on exactaly how much 0W40 oil is required for an oil change to put the oil on the right spot on the dip stick.
When I did my first oil change at ~3,300 miles, I drained the oil, and installed a Mopar 988AB filter (which I later found leaking, but that's is/was a seperate topic). I remember that 7 quarts was too much, and the next day I found the oil level too high when I checked it at the resturant that I frequent after work. I didn't worry about then since it was still using oil at 3,300 miles.
Well, I changed my oil about a week ago for the second time, and this time put in only 6.5 quarts. After I was done, I started it, let it run for a minute or two, then shut it down and waited at least 10-15 minutes, then checked the oil level. The car was perfectly level (checked with a 3-foot level under the rocker panel). It was 1/2 quart low, so I put hte last 1/2 quart in for a total of 7 quarts.
Today I checked it at work in the parking garage of our office building after sitting for at least 6+ hours, and I find that it's too high, and darn near at the first bend in the dip stick which is about equal to 1X the shaded area over the top of the shaded area. The dipstick says to NOT overfill.
So if the shaded (hash mark stamped) portion of the dipstick represents 1-quart, this would indicate that I'm 1-quart too full.
1) how much oil does the thing hold (with either the Mopar 899, or Fram PH-2 filter) ?
2) how much oil does the area in the hash/shaded area of the dipstick represent ?
3) should I drain some oil out? (either with my new drain valve, or dropping the Fram PH-2 filter and replacing it with the new K&N 2010 filter that I just got) ?