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Old 05-01-2022, 07:26 PM   #1
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2005 FXT

Default New short block dipstick readings

Found some dipstick threads, but nothing specific to this situation. On my ***8216;05 Forester XT, after installing a new factory short block, the oil does not read correctly on the stick. At oil change, using a factory oil filter, when I put 4.2 qts of oil in (4 liters) the level reads exactly on the bottom dot on the stick. I probably have about 10,000 miles on this engine, and it has consistently been this way since I put the FSB in. I've had some leakage issues on this build since day one, but I've been going ahead and adding that last quart to bring it full. Now I'm wondering if I'm actually overfilling, and causing it to leak.

I also did a FSB on my 2009 Outback XT. No such issues.

What I'm really wondering, is there some change in the block architecture that I don't know about, or an early/late dipstick scenario? Been wrenching cars professionally for 40+ years, but you can never know everything. Appreciate any insight.

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