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I have a 2002 Vulcan. The manual sates that the oil capacity is 4.5 quarts. I carefully measured 4.5 quarts on the last oil change. The oil only comes up to slightly more than 1/2 in the crossshatch area on the dipstick.

Should I go ahead and fill the crankcase so that the oil is at the top of the crosshatch area (5 quarts?) or should I just put in 4.5 quarts? The good news is that the car didn't burn any appreciable oil in 3,000 miles and that's with 5W-20 conventional oil. We just got the car about 2 months ago with 87,000 miles on it.

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5 quarts should be ok with a cold engine. Eventually over time, you will burn up some oil anyways, at least my car does.
 

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Don't forget that most of a quart goes into filling the new oil filter.

Go ahead and pour 5 quarts in during a oil anf filter change.
 

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Five quarts it is :thumb:
 

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We need to get a sticky telling how much oil a Vulcan and a Duratec hold.

Mike
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It lists 4.5 quarts, though.
 

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Remember that not all the filters hold the same volume of oil, and I'd be skeptical if every brand of oil filled their "quart" to be exact, and the possibility that you extracted all that oil from the "quart". Easily can make a half quart of oil difference.

But the extra .5 quarts wont hurt the engine, go for it if it makes you feel better :)
 

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I put 5 in my Vulcan. A little in the filter, the rest in the engine.

-Alex
 
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