Where is the full mark on the dipstick?

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Oct 14, 2003
Eldora, Colorado 9000'
I always use 5.5 QTS in my Toyota 3.4L V6 like the manual states and it comes out exactly in the middle of the two dots on the dip. This being "full" But, some people here say the top dot is the full mark. Is there a difference between imports and domestics, etc?
I don't think so. My 5.3 "takes" 6 qts to "fill" it up but to get to the top of the fill line or circle it takes 6.5 qts.
Usually the manual recomendation is without a filter change. Use it as a guidline only and fill to the full mark. Not sure on your car, but the manual should say which is full. -T
I know I'm going to sound like a smarta@@ [Wink] , but read your manual. I've had several Toyotas, and now own two. The manuals are very standard across models (and all read as if written by a well-meaning Japanese scholar of our language who's never actually spoken it...). In both of our manuals (Sequoia and Camry) you get a number for BOTH filter and without filter oil changes. Also, it indicates that the top mark is the "full" position for both Camry engines and the Tree's V-8. If you really want to dig, you'll find a third figure in the service manuals that's about a qt higher than the with-filter figure. That one's for procedures (like an overhaul) that result in COMPLETE draining of the oil system. For my '03 V-6 Camry, the numbers are 4.8, 5.0, and 5.8 quarts. Do you let it drain for a long time? You're probably getting some unanticipated oil system drainage. Fill to the top mark.
hmmm, maybe that's why I'm always adding 4.5 quarts to my honda that specs 4.1. I let it drain for 30 minutes or so from a hot engine on all the cars I own. I should check the service manual on my Z to see if that says something similar. [ May 18, 2004, 05:20 PM: Message edited by: Thomas Pyrek ]
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