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Old 07-13-2018, 09:11 AM   #1  
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Running a half quart over

I know this is a noob question...but curious what the rest of you 3.4L owners do. Our engines take 5.5 quarts. Which is really a pretty inconvenient number. My truck doesn't burn oil, doesn't leak oil. So I'm always stuck with a half empty (in this case I think "half empty" actually is the optimistic way of looking at it...) quart of oil. Now as I'm typing this I realize most of you probably set it down in your garage and use it up next oil change...

I currently live out of my camper in the summers. So I don't have things like that sitting around. Or a place to sit/set them. I already googled this and it seems to be not a big deal, but what do you think about always running 1/2 quart over capacity? I buy a 5 quart container and a 1 quart container and use it all.
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Your truck do what you will .

Is that extra half a quart enough to raise the level in the pan enough that the crank counter weights are beating the oil like a mixer

Kinda rough living out of a truck

I seem to get a bunch of half filled quart containers that get dumped in the waste oil tank.

I never seem to find them when changing oil
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Well I'm not looking for you to tell me it's ok Asking if it's ok, or not ok. Maybe next oil change I just stick with 5.5 and figure out what to do with the half quart. Stuff online I was looking at said even a quart is not really enough to worry about the frothing, but obviously I don't want to chance it...
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I'd rather be slightly under 5.5 qts than overfilled.

I've changed the oil in my 4Runner around 136 times since buying it new. It's never crossed my mind to overfill the engine out of convenience.




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if you use the tacoma 4.0L oil filter and buy 5L oil jugs you will find that there is maybe a 50-100ml left over and you will be below the full mark like your suppose to be, whats a qt, who uses qts now a days anyways, never mind the US uses miles and *F so why not use qts as well as a US Gal..
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That's what I wondered. "Better" to be a half quart low or a half quart high. Sounds like low, but then why not just deal with an extra quart of oil and not risk doing any damage to my truck is I guess the best way to think about it. Yes it's silly we haven't adopted the metric system. But we still use quarts, and it's what my manual gives engine capacity in.


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