V8 Oil Capacity

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    Question V8 Oil Capacity

    According to the owners manual the oil capacity in my '04 DC is 6.5qts. with filter. Most vehicles have a 5qt. capacity so I put a tag on the oil cap so that the local Quick Lube doesn't short me a quart and a half when I get my oil changed.
    I had my truck at McDaniel Toyota today for a check engine light (a faulty 02 sensor) and they saw the tag and informed me that the V8 takes 7 qts. I questioned the service manager and he went back and asked the technician who said it is 7 qts.
    I have always checked my oil level the day after it is changed and it is always at the top fill line. So who's right, the owners manual or the Toyota service technician at McDaniel Toyota?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dano100
    According to the owners manual the oil capacity in my '04 DC is 6.5qts. with filter. Most vehicles have a 5qt. capacity so I put a tag on the oil cap so that the local Quick Lube doesn't short me a quart and a half when I get my oil changed.
    I had my truck at McDaniel Toyota today for a check engine light (a faulty 02 sensor) and they saw the tag and informed me that the V8 takes 7 qts. I questioned the service manager and he went back and asked the technician who said it is 7 qts.
    I have always checked my oil level the day after it is changed and it is always at the top fill line. So who's right, the owners manual or the Toyota service technician at McDaniel Toyota?
    Drain & Refill with Oil Filter Change - 6.2 liters (6.5 Us qts, 5.5 Imp. qts)
    Drain & Refill without Oil Filter Change - 5.7 liters (6.0 Us qts, 5.0 Imp. qts)
    Dry fill - 7.1 liters (7.5 Us qts, 6.2 Imp. qts)

    Reference - page 704, 2004 TOYOTA TUNDRA Repair Manual (RM1091U)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhparrot
    Drain & Refill with Oil Filter Change - 6.2 liters (6.5 Us qts, 5.5 Imp. qts)
    Drain & Refill without Oil Filter Change - 5.7 liters (6.0 Us qts, 5.0 Imp. qts)
    Dry fill - 7.1 liters (7.5 Us qts, 6.2 Imp. qts)

    Reference - page 704, 2004 TOYOTA TUNDRA Repair Manual (RM1091U)

    Every time I have changed my oil and filter it took 7 qts to reach the full line on the stick thats what I have gone by

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    It always takes 6.5 quarts when I change my oil and filer. I just changed it last weekend and again, 6.5 quarts to fill it.

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    6.5 quarts filled up my Sequoia too.

    What I find interesting is my 2.5L I6 BMW enginge takes 6 quarts of oil and my 4.7L V8 Toyota engine takes 6.5.

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    I use a Toyota filter (not an oversized filter), and I just dump in 7 quarts. If the sump is a fraction of an inch overfilled it is not a big deal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Desertnate
    6.5 quarts filled up my Sequoia too.

    What I find interesting is my 2.5L I6 BMW enginge takes 6 quarts of oil and my 4.7L V8 Toyota engine takes 6.5.
    That's nothing. My 87 land cruiser with a 4.2 tractor engine takes 8.1 quarts
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matador98
    That's nothing. My 87 land cruiser with a 4.2 tractor engine takes 8.1 quarts
    That is what I found interesting...I would have thought bigger engines would take more oil. In my non-mechanic brain I would reason a 4.7L, or lets round to 5.0 for this example, would take twice as much oil as a 2.5L since it has twice the displacement, two extra cyclinders, and much bigger internals to lubricate.

    So does my 2.5L have a huge capacity or is the 4.7 run lean

    8.1 quarts...Good grief that is a lot of dinosaurs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dano100
    According to the owners manual the oil capacity in my '04 DC is 6.5qts. with filter. Most vehicles have a 5qt. capacity so I put a tag on the oil cap so that the local Quick Lube doesn't short me a quart and a half when I get my oil changed.
    I had my truck at McDaniel Toyota today for a check engine light (a faulty 02 sensor) and they saw the tag and informed me that the V8 takes 7 qts. I questioned the service manager and he went back and asked the technician who said it is 7 qts.
    I have always checked my oil level the day after it is changed and it is always at the top fill line. So who's right, the owners manual or the Toyota service technician at McDaniel Toyota?
    I've got an oversized filter on mine (Amsoil SDF15)and I kept the shorter dipstick over the longer one so I get 5mm more oil in there (Toyota says that doesn't harm the engine) and I put in 8 quarts of synthetic every fill to top it off to the line. Actually I put in a little more because I'll pour in some fresh oil while the drain plug is out to flush out the last of the dirty oil from the engine.

    I use maybe 3mm of oil on the dipstick between changes at 7,000 to 12,000 mile change intervals. (I'm running synthetic).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Desertnate
    That is what I found interesting...I would have thought bigger engines would take more oil. In my non-mechanic brain I would reason a 4.7L, or lets round to 5.0 for this example, would take twice as much oil as a 2.5L since it has twice the displacement, two extra cyclinders, and much bigger internals to lubricate.

    So does my 2.5L have a huge capacity or is the 4.7 run lean

    8.1 quarts...Good grief that is a lot of dinosaurs...
    I had an '84 Mitsubishi Montero 2.5L 4 banger that took 6 quarts. I thought that was an awful lot for a 4 cylinder. But, I don't think it's so much the engine size as the design and volume of the pan.

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    Mine takes 7qts with a drain\refill and Toyota filter change. Make sure your getting the right filter. 90915-YZZD3.
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    Unhappy Oil Level

    So who can tell when its full??? I've got a 2004 Tundra and the dipstick is VERY difficult to read. The residual oil on the walls of the guide tube makes it look like it's got more oil than it contains...

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    Quote Originally Posted by osmosis
    So who can tell when its full??? I've got a 2004 Tundra and the dipstick is VERY difficult to read. The residual oil on the walls of the guide tube makes it look like it's got more oil than it contains...
    don't reinsert the dipstick right away after the initial wipe. 45 seconds or so normally lets enough drip down making it easy to read.

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    I changed my oil and filter today and refilled 6.5 qts which brings the oil level halfway between the min & max on the dipstick. 7 qts would bring it up to the max. 6.5 or 7 qts., either will be fine, the half qt won't make any difference.
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    Default V8 Oil Cap Drain & Fill

    I use AMSOIL SDF 57 filters (exact replacement) and a drain and fill takes about 6.5 to 6.75 Qts. Over 12,000 miles it may "use" about 2-4 oz. of oil.

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