Capacities listed in the OM do not include the filter. Not that our filters hold 1/2 a qt anyway, but I've been putting in 5 qts every change since 05 when it had 5 miles on the odo. Nothing broke in 150k.
That was an old argument I had with people who were being silly worrying that they'd overfill and blow the rings out over 1/2 qt. I drove an old Datsun once with like 8 qts in it. Not my fault, but it happened. That's when I learned there are old wives tales, and old men's tales. Accidents like that are how I learned a lot of things.
The only reason for that much torque is to insure the nut has reached the bottom of the threads.
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