How do VG30E owners determine how much oil to put in when changing oil and
filter? I ask b/c the manual would say 3 5/8qt. Not wanting to measure
5/8 of a quart, I use 3 and half quarts. This was too much which does not
make sense. The result is creating oil leaks when there is too much oil in
the engine (I hope I did not damage anything? I hope it will stop dripping
in my garage now that I have fixed). Yes, the obvious answer is fill,
check the dip stick, fill more or remove some if needed. If you overfill
the dip stick does not do a good job of showing it (it is more of a wire
than flat metal like the trans dip stick. My guess is the drain bolt is
not exactly on the pan, thus the difference. I guess just 3qt should do
it? Maybe 3.25qt?
That is smart - overfilling by 1 3/8 quarts. I don't think it is a
leakage problem - rather a crankshaft windage problem. The oil may
contact the spinning crankshaft and cause it to foam. This is not good
for your bearings.
If the engine is warm when you change the oil and you let it drain for
about 10 minutes (and of course change the filter), you'll want to use
the 3 5/8qt. to refill it.
I use Pennzoil 5W30 in my '95 and the quart bottles have a window
running up the side with the ounces marked off accordingly. So it's a
piece of cake on mine to add the required amount. 3 quarts and 20
ounces later, I know it's filled properly. :-)
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