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Old 11-11-2014, 10:58 PM   #1
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Question First oil change and a slightly stupid question

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I've gone and done my first oil change and decided to go with Motorcraft synth blend and filter seeing as how they're Ford recommended and price was good for my purposes (not driven hard, no stop-go traffic), and people seem well satisfied with it.

But onto the main part of why I'm posting this thread, after I had drained the oil and replaced the filter, it was time to put in the new oil. I put in the first 5 1/4 quarts of oil and everything is dry underneath. But then I foolishly decided to start the car to get the oil flowing before I add the remainder of the oil, thinking it will help or something.

I start up the car and it makes no noise for the first 10 seconds or so, but then I hear a familiar chatter noise that I sometimes hear on morning start-ups. I let it run for no more than 25-30 seconds tops, and shut it off. I add the remainder of the oil and close everything up and it's bone dry underneath. Test drove it and everything seems to be hunky dory.

So my question after this wall of text is; did I harm the engine by starting it up without the full 6 quarts of oil?

TL;DR: Filled up the engine with 5 1/4 quarts, started and idled it for 20 something seconds, shut off, added the rest. Did this hurt anything?

EDIT: Also I had the oil cap off while it was idling, not sure if this causes an issue.
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You are probably fine but I always fill it all the way at once and never idle without the cap on.

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You did no harm. No worries. Most auto manufacturers discurage topping off oil between oil changes unless it gets to the "add" mark on the dipstick; I guess this is to prevent overfill if the engine is not perfectly horizontal when checking it.

What some folks will do to aid in getting quicker oil pressure on a fresh oil change is to fill the new oil filter with oil prior to its install, but these engines make that difficult/messy, as the angle of the filter (at least on the 3.7's) make that darn near impossible with their horizontal position.
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I'm glad to hear that. I don't remember where I picked up the habit of starting the car right before the last bit of oil or so but I'm going to stop doing that. Also I'll stop running the engine with the cap off. I thought it did no harm.
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don't do that again.
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You said 6 qts. Hope its not a GT it takes 8 qts.
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Sadly yes, it's not a GT. Still love it.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:33 PM   #9
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Embarrassing thing is, I saw this video right before I started. But I was cocky because I had done plenty of oil changes (now I know incorrectly), so I only watched the video to find where the drain plug was.
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Lol, not even 1 quart low you are totally fine. Don't worry about it although I have 0 clue why if you knew it needed 6 quarts you didn't just put 6 quarts in... like... why stop at 5.25 and then start it?
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To be honest I don't even remember why I started doing that. I think I heard somewhere when I was younger that you need to run the engine a bit to get the oil flowing before you put more in. I never questioned it until now and thinking about it again it sounds extremely dumb.
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