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Old 06-07-2006, 08:41 PM
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Dip Stick Reading

Do I have an incorrect length dip stick?

When I change my oil, my dipstick reads about 1.5 quarts too much oil, w/o filter change.

This is in my Blazer. 350ci w/ driver side dipstick. I know 350's take 5 quarts with a standard pan. Can somebody tell me the correct length of a 70's, driver side dip stick.

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If you are adding 5 quarts and NOT changing the filter, you will be overfilling the crankcase. 4 quarts would be more like it without the filter change. (why not change the filter too?)
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Old 06-07-2006, 09:33 PM
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I change the filter every other change.
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I change the filter every other change.

Not bashing you, but why?? An oil filter costs around $6-$8, and after someone has sunk $3000+ into a stout mill, what is a $8 insurance policy? Oil and filters are cheap. Re-doing a 500hp small block, not so much.
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Old 06-08-2006, 12:36 AM
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I have always been under the impression that filter changes are necessary at every third oil change. I've figured that at every other oil change would still be more than recommended.

Anyway's, about the dip stick length....

My previous '76 350 would take 5qts and be right on the line.
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you should just strain your oil too. lol...
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The stock pan is four quarts.
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you should just strain your oil too. lol...
Come'on now, play nice! LOL

I guess I won't add that I change my spin on filter every 10,000 miles and my oil every 5,000. but then again I use a seperate Frantz bypass filter. I"ve cut my filters apart at 10,000 and found them to be totally clean inside.
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So, why do Chilton and Haynes guides say 5 quarts?

Do truck oil pans have different capacities than car pans (from the 70's)?
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So, why do Chilton and Haynes guides say 5 quarts?

Do truck oil pans have different capacities than car pans (from the 70's)?
thats supposed to be 5 qts with filter change...
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Do I have an incorrect length dip stick?
Not a Question you want to ask in a Bar full of women..

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When I change my oil, my dipstick reads about 1.5 quarts too much oil, w/o filter change.
If you DID not Change The oil Filter..it would be about a quart high on a STOCK oil pan..

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This is in my Blazer. 350ci w/ driver side dipstick. I know 350's take 5 quarts with a standard pan. Can somebody tell me the correct length of a 70's, driver side dip stick.
STANDARD 350's take 4 Quarts plus the filter..about 1 quart.

The way to check is pull the dipstick out of any other stock 350 and measure them (I'll show you mine , if you'll show me yours.. ) If need be, take yours to a parts house that stocks them..

As for Chiltons...Not Always the sharpest Crayons in the box as far as accuracy is concerned..Don't always believe what you read in those ..

They print them in almost a "Cookie Cutter" Style.. and make Tech changes as they show up..I have 6 manuals for C1 through C3 Corvettes all Chiltons...All Different..

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