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#541637 - 09/18/04 05:18 PM 4.6 OIL CAPACITY?
ConnCarl Offline
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Has anyone ever seen a Ford TSB or other document that might clear up the 4.6 oil capacity confusion?

For my 2000 GM, I've always just put in 5 quarts, although there seems to be room for at least another quart, if not more. I've seen enough users mention this that I've begun to doubt that it is just the result of a mis-marked diptstick.

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#541638 - 09/18/04 05:21 PM Re: 4.6 OIL CAPACITY?
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I have always used five quarts and my dipstick has always been a little low.
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#541639 - 09/18/04 05:29 PM Re: 4.6 OIL CAPACITY?
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I'm sure someone with a 2000 factory Workshop Manual will speak up, but the 2003 manual states 5.9L (6.8 qts) for the SOHC and 6 0.25 quarts for the DOHC.
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#541640 - 09/18/04 05:34 PM Re: 4.6 OIL CAPACITY?
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The reason for the capacity discrepancy is found in the types of oil pans used.

For 98-00 Panthers with Romeo NPI 4.6L SOHC V8s, the capacity should be 5.0 qt with an oil filter change. This will read slightly lower than FULL on the dipstick. Traditionally you do not want to hit the FULL mark. You will lose horsepower this way (excess oil being slung around on the crank. I can feel the difference between 5qt and 6qt in my Vic)

The Panthers that call for 6+ qt of oil use larger oil pans.
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#541641 - 09/18/04 06:11 PM Re: 4.6 OIL CAPACITY?
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My 2003 owners manual says 5.7 quarts.
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#541642 - 09/18/04 07:24 PM Re: 4.6 OIL CAPACITY?
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My 92 always took 5 quarts. The newer ones do take more, i think that started in 03 ^^^^
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#541643 - 09/18/04 07:34 PM Re: 4.6 OIL CAPACITY?
latespeed Offline
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Metroplex-You can feel the difference? I'm not really questioning that but if your right then I will not top it off anymore as it's always been a half quart under the full mark with 5 quarts and a filter change.
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#541644 - 09/18/04 10:21 PM Re: 4.6 OIL CAPACITY?
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my 2004 CV takes 6 qts. and checking the dipstick shows half the shaded area. Owners manual says 6qt. with filter change. I think I also read add as neccesary. When I got the car new from the dealer it was all the way up the shaded area. after the first oil change it was half the shaded area. PR
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#541645 - 09/18/04 11:04 PM Re: 4.6 OIL CAPACITY?
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Another reason you want to be careful with the oil level in your pan is to avoid the crank spinning through it, as this will aerate the oil. You don't want your oil to have a bunch of tiny air bubbles in it as it makes its way through your engine's lubricating system.
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#541646 - 09/18/04 11:26 PM Re: 4.6 OIL CAPACITY?
FrostyVic Offline

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I think the owners manual for my 99 CV says 6 qts?
I always put in 6 qts since I've owned it and the level is slightly above full.
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#541647 - 09/18/04 11:56 PM Re: 4.6 OIL CAPACITY?
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IIRC the 2003 and 2004 vics went with deeper oil pan and lower weight oil

PUT in what your owners manual states...

for use older vics thats 5 quarts

think through what happens when you overfill the engine with oil...

SLentzer.. right on

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#541648 - 09/19/04 11:36 AM Re: 4.6 OIL CAPACITY?
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Quote:

Another reason you want to be careful with the oil level in your pan is to avoid the crank spinning through it, as this will aerate the oil. You don't want your oil to have a bunch of tiny air bubbles in it as it makes its way through your engine's lubricating system.



Yes that is so true. Very good oils and synths have an excellent additive package in them. Anti foaming being one. I agree do not over fill..PR
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