Thanks for you input. I am going to change myself so I know exactly how much went in. No sign of leak or burning. I put in about 1/2 quart which took it up about 3/4 on dipstick (when screwed in). If not screwed in nor showing. So that probably means about .50 to .75 quart low. Only drove about 200 - 260 miles. And all short trips. Guess if it damage it would have locked up or be burning oil?I meant bad top end as in "piston and rings screwed" and burning oil. Sounds like you're not though?
I usually check mine cold before i go out, but after running it should only take a few minutes for the warm oil to drain back. Either way, it should still show on the dipstick right away!
You're supposed to check the oil level with the dipstick, unscrewed, cleaned, and then just pushed in to the top of the threads.
Are you sure you're not leaking oil from the filter, or the drain plug? That's an awful amount of oil to lose in a short time... If you're burning it, it'd be like a smokescreen behind you!
Haven't changed oil yet but would assume if seeing an metallic in oil we would be getting some signs of burning oil out exhaust (smoke)?Make sure when you drain it for the oil change to use an absolutely clean pan, drain, then inspect the oil ...I would set the container off to the side tilted high on one side and let it settle ...then drag a clean magnetic thru the low spot and inspect for metallic metal ...then pour off the oil slowly and check the emptied container for non metallic fragments ....also pay note for any metallic color throughout the oil...like a metallic car paint job ...
Then carefully inspect the oil filter for metal ....this can tell you a lot for internal damage already done, or possibly no damage at all .....Lance
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