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Old 02-17-2010, 04:26 AM   #1
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Quick oil capacity question

4 or 4.5 qts?

Owners' manual calls for 4.5 but that put me well over the top mark on the dipstick. Therefore I'm thinking I'll be good to go on 4 when I change the oil out this afternoon.


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Old 02-17-2010, 04:33 AM   #2
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4.5 including the the oil filter along with that. If you didn't change your oil filter then you would only need 4. I change both at the same time though it is not unheard of just changing the oil and not the filter.
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Put in 4, start it up to get oil circulated into the filter, shut it off. After a minute or 2 check the level and add as needed. Make sure you give it a minute or 2 so the oil can make it's way back down to the pan.

There is always some residual oil in the bottom of the pan and of course the filter holds some so that's probably the variation. It normally take me right at 4.5qts to fill mine but I let it drain for a long time to make sure as much of the old oil is out as possible.

Also, I NEVER re-use an old filter. It's only like $4 for a new one so why risk it.
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ive heard of only changing the filter(dry PM) but never only changing the oil. Many truck fleets do dry PMs cuz they have switched over to full synthetic oils, but when they change the oil, the filter is always included.


oh, and its 4.5
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^^^exactly I do the same thing. I always think those quick change lube places don't give the old oil enough of a chance to drain out but thats just my thoughts. Also running the engine and getting the oil warmed upped helps also and it gets more of the contaminants out.
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in all reality, you only need enough oil so that its hitting the crank and that you have oil pressure. 4.5 is the safe number, but you could run 4 all day long and NEVER have a problem. in fact, u can prolly run less!!
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Thanks, guys. I asked only because 4.5 put me way over the full line on the dipstick.

I'll add the 4 qts I bought, then run down to Auto Zone and get another quart to add the .5
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:29 PM   #8
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I just started running 5, which puts me over the "full" line, but still. We'll see how the bottom of my intake manifold looks next time I change my oil.
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I run 5 qts in mine, both the NA car and the Turbo car without any issues at all.
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I found it odd that an 02 Prelude took 5 quarts today. but then again I've never done one on a prelude before so I'd can't compare it.

OP, did you run your engine for a few seconds before checking the level that was supposedly over the mark?
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