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I took my 2003 Taurus with the 3.0l dura engine for an oil change today and the guy put in 6 quarts...i thought it took 5 ... does anyone know what it takes? Thanks
 

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Unless something has changed between 00 and 03, the Duratec takes 5.5 quarts, including the filter. Check your dipstick and see how it reads.
 

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Originally posted by Mantioch@Dec 8 2003, 11:34 AM
Unless something has changed between 00 and 03, the Duratec takes 5.5 quarts. Check your dipstick and see how it reads.
He said he used most of the 6th bottle, but not all of it... so think its ok??? should i be worried here? I just got home, im waiting for my car to settle before i check it.
 

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My personal opinion, I think you should be fine. Like I said, check the stick according to procedure and see how it reads.
 

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Originally posted by Mantioch@Dec 8 2003, 11:41 AM
My personal opinion, I think you should be fine. Like I said, check the stick according to procedure and see how it reads.
Ok i just checked it and it was exactly on the full line... i think im good
thanks a bunch...i guess i get overly concerned about my car since i baby it



Btw, this i my first oil change (3000 miles), and i put in the motorcraft synthetic blend 5w-20 oil in, and i plan on putting in amsoil 5w-20 full synthetic the next oil change... do you think this is the right procedure? Thanks again
 

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I think it's supposed to be 5W-30, but 5W-20 should be perfectly fine. And the Duratech takes 5.5 qt's.
 

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Thats not surprising. Ford & Honda have went to 5W-20 in alot of their engines to help with emission/fuel mileage standards.
 

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Originally posted by jtkz13@Dec 8 2003, 08:49 PM
Thats not surprising. Ford & Honda have went to 5W-20 in alot of their engines to help with emission/fuel mileage standards.
So the smaller the numbers, the runnier the oil, right? If the runny oil gives you better mileage, is there a chance it would yield better performance? Would you be sacrificing the protection of a thicker oil for like the possibilty of a 1/2 hp gain?
 

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It is wierd that my vulcan takes 4.5 quarts but dipstick reads low if I do that. So I started to put 5 quarts and stick reads it correctly.
 

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fire_storm, so I looked at the link but I couldn't get the point you are trying to make. We were discussing about the amount of oil we should use in Vulcan engine, and everybody awares that sticker in engine compartment tells 4.5 quarts but it is not the case in practise. Other than that, 99% of forum visitors are very proficient people to know how to change oil.
 

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I have a 2000 Duratec and in the book it states 5.5 quarts. But when you do the oil change with filter change it still reads a little low in the full range, so I did 6 quarts last time and it puts it right on the line. SO no probs there.

Nate Dogg
 
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