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Old 09-04-2009, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie here.......

I have noticed when I check my oil level when it's cold it's on the full line but if I check it when it's hot it shows about a quart too much. Is this normal and should I take some out?
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Stick with the cold reading. After the engine has been running, oil can splash higher up in the dipstick tube before draining back down. If you're getting the correct amount on a cold reading then you're fine.
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How much oil do these Vulcan V6 engines hold?
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QUOTE (printmanjackson @ Sep 4 2009, 01:40 PM)
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How much oil do these Vulcan V6 engines hold?[/b]
Depends on the year or even what generation the car is...
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Vulcans are all the same capacity regardless. It's listed as 4.5 quarts, which is almost right in the middle of the crosshatch area. I've always just put in the whole five-quart jug, which puts it a hair below max.
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no you never read oil while engine is cold

does your engine run cold....NO...

always get a reading while engine is hot
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QUOTE (Striker @ Sep 4 2009, 04:37 PM)
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no you never read oil while engine is cold

does your engine run cold....NO...

always get a reading while engine is hot[/b]

You sir, have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
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Go outside, run engine for a couple mins, shut off, wait a few seconds, check oil. put to max. done.
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You guys are either on crack or just enjoy spreading false inaccurate information.
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Doesn't matter if it's cold or hot, the dipstick has the marks for both. If it's cold, then it needs to be above the lowest mark in the crosshatch. If it's hot, it has to be below the highest mark. As long as the oil level is in the crosshatch then it's fine.

I normally check it hot. Pull up to get gas, turn off the engine, pay at the pump, start pumping gas, and go check the engine oil.
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