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Oil dipstick reading thread????

Wasn't there an oil dipstick reading thread not to long ago?? I have been searching and can't find it. I didn't want to start a whole new thread. Lol took my truck to dealer yesterday and even over night sitting my oil level is reading very top of dip stick. Appears to be a quart or so over full. Seems I read that a lot of guys have this issue and it's nothing to be concerned about. I didn't want to drain a quart out if I didn't have to. Thanks! I'm sure the tech probably just pulled the plug and put it back in when flow slowed down. Then put 12 back in. Should I just drain a quart ? I have a tool I can suck some out. Thanks.

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A quart over on 3 gallons, nothing to worry with IMO.

Another benefit of doing your own oil changes, you let it have enough time to drain as much old oil out as possible.
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I know. But when it's free and I don't have to dispose of 12 quarts of oil I was hoping it would be perfect. Good thing is , it's spotless. Not one drip or finger print anywhere. I got my oil and both fuel filters done for free. Thanks
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I know. But when it's free and I don't have to dispose of 12 quarts of oil I was hoping it would be perfect. Good thing is , it's spotless. Not one drip or finger print anywhere. I got my oil and both fuel filters done for free. Thanks
Just tell the service writer next time to make sure the tech fills it right.

Also want to make sure they are using a mopar filter and not some cheapo POS.

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Yep! Genuine mopar on there!!! I checked. I get 2 free a year and those have been used so I am on my own until next November lol
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I run my truck 1-2 quarts over on every oil change. Always have, even with my '06. You'll be fine.
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Mine always reads high with a change and 12 qts.
It's been doing that for 10 years now...
I'm coming up on 6K and the dipstick is right at full mark.

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I have read on here you drain and add your 3 Gallons and go


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Wasn't there an oil dipstick reading thread not to long ago?? I have been searching and can't find it. I didn't want to start a whole new thread. Lol took my truck to dealer yesterday and even over night sitting my oil level is reading very top of dip stick. Appears to be a quart or so over full. Seems I read that a lot of guys have this issue and it's nothing to be concerned about. I didn't want to drain a quart out if I didn't have to. Thanks! I'm sure the tech probably just pulled the plug and put it back in when flow slowed down. Then put 12 back in. Should I just drain a quart ? I have a tool I can suck some out. Thanks.


With over a 1.5 hour drain or so on a HOT engine (coolant to operating temps and oil temps around 205*F), and after adding 3 full gallons, mine always appears about 1/8" above the checkered area of the dipstick.

I'm guessing your tech is installing the full 12 quarts...but not draining for the minimum :30 minutes.

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With over a 1.5 hour drain or so on a HOT engine (coolant to operating temps and oil temps around 205*F), and after adding 3 full gallons, mine always appears about 1/8" above the checkered area of the dipstick.

I'm guessing your tech is installing the full 12 quarts...but not draining for the minimum :30 minutes.

My oil level is at the TOP of the plastic. Not over onto the wire, but the TOP of that plastic part. Way above the hash... First time they changed it , it was half way from hash to the very end. THis time, all the way up. I am certain they just pulled the plug, let most out and just plugged it back up and put 3 gallons in it... I was going to pump out a quart from the dip stick tube but my pump is not really user friendly ( Amsoil sample pump).

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My oil level is at the TOP of the plastic. Not over onto the wire, but the TOP of that plastic part. Way above the hash... First time they changed it , it was half way from hash to the very end. THis time, all the way up. I am certain they just pulled the plug, let most out and just plugged it back up and put 3 gallons in it... I was going to pump out a quart from the dip stick tube but my pump is not really user friendly ( Amsoil sample pump).
I'd personally be uncomfortable with it at the level you describe.

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I will probably just drain a quart out of it when I get home. Easy peasy.
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