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Old 08-20-2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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Oil Volume

Ok. Changed the oil and filter (used K&N). Put in 3 quarts. The level is now just barely over the "min" mark (maybe 1/10 inch higher. Yes I am using the convoluted BMW measuring technique (center stand, run until fan or after long ride, don't screw in dipstick, etc. )

The official volume is 3.1 quarts. Do I need to buy another quart to add essentially 6 tablespoons, or am I good since I am above min mark?
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:29 PM   #2
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Capacity is 2.9L and a quart is 946 ml so 3 quarts is very close but no cigar. In the real world 3 Q's is fine but the owners here tend to be a nit picky bunch and will measure it out with a syringe if necessary. Will your engine blow up? No. Should you have a spare quart handy in the garage anyway? Yes.

I've been known to put my automotive oil in it for that bit of a top up when necessary. No it won't matter.

Let the debate begin................
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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If you added 3 quarts of the correct oil to your crankcase fill port, and you KNOW you added 3 quarts, and you are quite sure none of those 3 quarts drooled on the ground..... then there MUST be 3 quarts of oil IN the engine.... SO, whatever level is displayed on the dipstick, at that particular moment and orientation IS your " 3-Quart-Reference ".
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Capacity is 2.9L and a quart is 946 ml so 3 quarts is very close but no cigar. In the real world 3 Q's is fine but the owners here tend to be a nit picky bunch and will measure it out with a syringe if necessary. Will your engine blow up? No. Should you have a spare quart handy in the garage anyway? Yes.

I've been known to put my automotive oil in it for that bit of a top up when necessary. No it won't matter.

Let the debate begin................
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:56 PM   #6
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See what you did Daryl.......
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See what you did Daryl.......

(I fill mine to the max and never check it between changes......shhhhhh!)

We're a Metric Country and get oil in Litre bottles AND Quart bottles labelled 946 ml. It pisses me off. It's bad enough finding the correct oil with all the correct letters of the alphabet but now you have to look at what size you're getting. 3L and there's a bit left. 3 quarts and you're short.

There's a silent oil war going on here with brands coming and going. I just bought 12 946 ml bottles of Lucas at the neighbourhood Rona (Canadian Home Depot) of all places. Was cheaper too.
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(I fill mine to the max and never check it between changes......shhhhhh!)

We're a Metric Country and get oil in Litre bottles AND Quart bottles labelled 946 ml. It pisses me off. It's bad enough finding the correct oil with all the correct letters of the alphabet but now you have to look at what size you're getting. 3L and there's a bit left. 3 quarts and you're short.

There's a silent oil war going on here with brands coming and going. I just bought 12 946 ml bottles of Lucas at the neighbourhood Rona (Canadian Home Depot) of all places. Was cheaper too.
..... I knew it .... I knew it all along....
I put in 3 quarts....go ride. Check it on occasion.
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I put about 3l in it and use an injection needle to get the overflow out... and then never check it again untill the service light comes on

Well Daryl now lets sit back and let the oil demons unbury themselfs to come and fight an unclean war in this thread. Lucky basterds are leaving this weekend anyway
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:42 AM   #10
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I always fill it to the top until I can barely see it.

Sorry I am a smart ass.

I always only put 3 quarts in and my bike hasn't blown up yet but do keep an extra around and check it. 1,500 miles into this oil change I haven't lost a drop yet.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:52 PM   #11
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I only use oil that allows me to adjust the volume:



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Yep. That reminds me of the time at work I volunteered to work in the shop to help with the backlog. The first job I was given was to go fill the grease can. (been licensed over 20 yrs!)

So I put the grease can in the 20 ton press till it crushed down to the level of the grease and gave it back to the foreman "full". F'head, next job please.

Just changed "her" oil and rode it. It's at the M of max, so just above the line. Good to go. Next check will be in LA, over 6000 kms away. Or a rainy day boredom thing, whichever occurs first.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:27 PM   #13
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So my choices seem to be:
1- be comfortable that the engine has 3 q of oil, regardless of the dipstick reading
Or
2 - add .4 q until it gets to "max" and know that there is 3.4 q in the engine.

I'm doing #3....add .2 q until its right in the middle!
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:40 PM   #14
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I'm doing #3....add .2 q until its right in the middle!
Now was that soooo hard?

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