Engine Oil Level
I looked up the recommended oil level for my Patriot. Says 4.5 quarts. Since it was time for an oil change, time to do some measuring.
When I was ready to add the oil, I stole my wife's measuring cup and removed 1/2 quart of oil. Set it aside. The 5 qt bottle now holds 4.5 quarts.
I filled up the motor with a fresh filter. I cranked, actually turned the key, and started the motor. I let it run a minute to fill the filter, etc. Then, I turned it off and let the oil settle.
On the dip stick is about a half an inch or so of a cross-hatched area. All inside this area is called "safe". My oil level was maybe 1/4 inch from the top of the safe area.
I then poured 8 oz (1/4 quart) into the motor. The new level was maybe 1/16th inch from the top of the safe area. I then remembered an old Seinfeld show where Cramer and a car salesman pushed the envelope of the "empty" mark on a car. Time to be Cramer!!
I poured in the last 8 oz. I checked the dip stick. The new oil level looks to be maybe .010" of an inch above the safe level.
Assuming my dipstick is correct, I will just pour in the entire 5 quarts like I have ben for the last 10 years. I have had two high mileage Patriots for many years adding in the 5 qts. And, nothing blew up.
Just my very humble option, so now, TRASH MY POST!!