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Old 08-05-2005, 04:42 PM   #1
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When changing the oil on my wife's 2002 Subaru Outback 4 cyl. I replaced the oil and filter and used only 4 qts instead of the 4.2 the owner's book calls for so that I could top it off to the proper lever. I started it and checked the oil and it was right at the proper place. (the top notch for the 4 cyl). After a short trip of about 7 miles, I checked the oil just to make sure and it was way over the full mark. I actually had to drain about 1/3 of a quart out to get the right reading. What is happening here. Am I missing something. I don't want to blow every seal in the engine, but it looks like they would come close at least in telling you how much oil it holds. Thanks for the help.
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Old 08-05-2005, 04:45 PM   #2
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Hot oil expands and will give a higher reading on the dipstick. Your wife's dipstick probably has a mark for full cold and one for full hot, although not all do.
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the notch above the full mark is where your oil should NOT exceed when it's hot. as long as it's below that notch you're fine.
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