1998 Ford Courier engine oil

Tiny
ZANTH
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  • 1998 FORD COURIER
  • 2.6L
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • MANUAL
I wanted to know how much oil is needed
After I do a oil change. How many liters
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Saturday, February 8th, 2014 AT 3:59 PM

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Tiny
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That's actually harder to answer than you might think. We go by quarts here, and the least almost any engine takes is four quarts. A liter is just a fuzz bigger than a quart so you would be safe starting with four liters.

No mechanic has the oil volume memorized for more than a few common engines. When we do an oil change for a customer, we don't have time to look up the volumes for every car we work on. We just dump in four quarts, run the engine for a few seconds to fill the new oil filter, let it sit for a minute to let the oil run back down to the oil pan, then check the level and fill as necessary. Even if you're a quart or two low at first, that is not going to hurt anything.

An additional reason it's hard to give you a proper answer is if you look at the marks on your dip stick, they do not say "add" and "full". All engines use some oil between oil changes and it is perfectly normal for the oil level to go down over time. To stem the number of complaints about that from car owners, you will now find the marks say "min" and "max". If you pour in the number of liters called for in the owner's manual, the level will not reach the "max" line so you might be inclined to think I told you wrong.

If you're asking because you want to know how many liters of oil to buy, start with four. The people at any auto parts store should have listings so they can verify you're buying enough oil, but if four liters isn't enough, you can safely drive the car to get more oil later.

If there is some other reason the volume is important to know, and you don't have the owner's manual or a service manual, I can try to do a search to come up with the exact number.
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Saturday, February 8th, 2014 AT 4:51 PM

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