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Old 04-06-2014, 07:57 AM
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Re: Oil dip stick

I wonder if the newer builds have the redesigned pan, but they decided not to throw away all those dipsticks. Lee Iacocco said, a long time ago, that saving even a dollar a car adds $100,000 to the bottom line for every 100,000 car built.

My thought is that filling to the full line will not harm the engine. But, if you had the 'smoke on startup' problem before, you will have it again. The dipstick measures the height of the oil relative to the block, not how much oil is in the pan. In time they will probably change the dipstick, or shorten the tube.

I checked my oil, on my early build, after my last oil change. It was at the full mark, and the invoice said 7 quarts.


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I wonder if the newer builds have the redesigned pan, but they decided not to throw away all those dipsticks. Lee Iacocco said, a long time ago, that saving even a dollar a car adds $100,000 to the bottom line for every 100,000 car built. My thought is that filling to the full line will not harm the engine. But, if you had the 'smoke on startup' problem before, you will have it again. The dipstick measures the height of the oil relative to the block, not how much oil is in the pan. In time they will probably change the dipstick, or shorten the tube. I checked my oil, on my early build, after my last oil change. It was at the full mark, and the invoice said 7 quarts. ---
Bill -- I have to disagree here about it not being harmful. I never had the smoke on startup until my first oil change where they filled to the "full" line...which turns out to be a bit over 8qts. THEN I got rather noticeable smoke on startup--on LEVEL surfaces (not an incline). That's when I drained it, added 7qts and discovered the discrepancy when that only brought it to the "add" line. If it was causing smoke on startup on a level surface it's definitely loading up the rings at that time as the crank must be dipping low enough to fling all that up onto the cylinder walls. While I doubt it's enough of an overfill to cause aeration of the oil while running, loading up rings with oil like that isn't good in the long run.
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