Originally Posted by altjt02
^^+1, should be 1 qt. But sometimes, well, a lot of times it is hard to get an accurate reading with these dipsticks, so you really have to let it settle for a while to get an accurate reading. Did it read over full after you put the entire quart in?
When I changed the oil & filter, I put in exactly 4 qts. After running the engine for 4-5 minutes, I shut it off and let it sit a good 20+ minutes before checking the level, which was right at the "L" mark on the dipstick. I read the dipstick under a strong light and even used a magnifying glass to see exactly where the stick level was. This was done in my garage which is level floor of course.
Then I put in another 3/4 qt, thinking 1 qt would take it to the "H" mark. The level was then a millimeter or two above the "H" mark when checked hot ~ 20 min after shutdown. I drove the car the next day, and even checked the oil level cold, and it was the same ... a couple MM above the "H" mark. So, from what I'm seeing (at least on my car) is that it took 3/4 qt (or a hair less) to bring the level from "L" to "H".
On a side note, I’ve noticed that the dipstick level basically shows the same if you check the oil hot ~20 min after shutdown, or if you check it the next morning after the car has sat overnight and the oil is stone cold.
When I read the dipstick, I use strong light and even a magnifying glass sometime (when oil is hot and clean and hard to see) to determine exactly where the level is ... I know I'm getting a good reading on the stick.