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    Default Dumb question about oil change...

    So I changed my oil and filter a couple days ago. When i refilled it only took about 4 quarts, and the dipstick said it was overfilled. So I drove it for a couple days, no change. Everything I've read says it should hold 5-6 quarts. So it finally bugged me till yesterday i decided to redo the whole change. Same thing. I made sure to drain till it was bone dry. This time it took 3 quarts and is reading full. Truck's running great. What the hell? Should it take that long to circulate? Or am I just being paranoid?!

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    What truck do you have?

    Is it level when you drain it? Make sure it is, and let it drain for a while. You might also taking a small screwdriver and pushing in the drain hole to make sure something isn't blocking it to drain.

    Sounds like you are not draining all the oil out of it.
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    I'd say the same thing about the oil not completely draining. Also, if you haven't owned the truck since it was new; you might want to make sure the dipstick that it has is correct for the engine installed. Sounds odd, but I had that problem with my 2005 model. Someone apparently just took whatever dipstick they could find and put in it.

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    Sierra 1500.

    That's what I thought, but it was on the level, and I drained it bone-dry. I've gotten 5 quarts into it now, and it looks exactly the same. I guess I'll quit stressing. I'm taking it for a tune-up next week anyhow.

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    Nevermind, I figured it out
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    Quote Originally Posted by shilohlee View Post
    Nevermind, I figured it out
    what did you figure out? could you please share with us..

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