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Old 04-27-2009, 11:59 AM   #1
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I just changed the oil on my 08 Civic EX. 1.8 L engine. Drained the oil changed the filter. Refilled the crankcase with 4 Quarts of oil. Now when I check the oil with the dipstick it reads low just barely registering on the stick. Car is level, oil has had 1 hour to drain back into pan. New oil is clean, but I can read it. Could I have the wrong dipstick? Both my owners book and the service manual say 3.9 Quarts with filter.
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ive noticed that it is very hard to read the dipstick on the r18. try looking very close...it sounds like you did everything correctly
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i think u should be good.. 4qts is how much i usually put at work
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is the car on a level surface?
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is the car on a level surface?
can you read?
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:52 AM   #6
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can you read?
yes, I can read...I just looked over it quickly and missed that part.
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The R18's take 4.2 to 4.3 qt's to put it at the top line.
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The R18's take 4.2 to 4.3 qt's to put it at the top line.
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Trust me, I work at a dealership and typically do 2 to 3 of these a day.

Unless you want to challenge the metering on our pumps, but I can do two things to clear that up. One, I can do a comparison against a calibrated standard. Then, I can run a series of samplings with that calibrated standard to describe the historical and predicted volumes that this pump will issue under the ambient conditions during this time of year for my location. I probably won't do that because I really don't care that much and I'm lazy as **** right now.
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It ALWAYS takes 3.9-4.0 qts for me, every single time, I don't know what you're doing.
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its 3.9...i dont know where you're getting your numbers from but you are wrong IN VTEC
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Trust me, I work at a dealership and typically do 2 to 3 of these a day.

Unless you want to challenge the metering on our pumps, but I can do two things to clear that up. One, I can do a comparison against a calibrated standard. Then, I can run a series of samplings with that calibrated standard to describe the historical and predicted volumes that this pump will issue under the ambient conditions during this time of year for my location. I probably won't do that because I really don't care that much and I'm lazy as **** right now.


Since when did working at a dealership mean ****? Moreover, more often than not, dealership personnel have f ucked up something on my car which is why I gave up on them all together. So if you do work for a dealership, I wouldn't go on bragging about it because it doesn't carry much weight with people.
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The R18's take 4.2 to 4.3 qt's to put it at the top line.
Thanks for the info. You are the only one who knows what he is doing. I also found a person at the Honda parts counter who owns the same car as me. He also verified the capacity at 4.4 quarts
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Thanks for the info. You are the only one who knows what he is doing. I also found a person at the Honda parts counter who owns the same car as me. He also verified the capacity at 4.4 quarts
I guess following the owner's manual, service manual, and the fact I put 3.9-4 qts, which sits right at the top line of the dipstick is wrong....
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Obviously a tech at a Honda dealership is much more in the know than the engineers that designed every aspect of these cars. The owner's manual is clearly second protocol after the omnipotent techs.
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I have a 08 SI.

I ended up putting 4.4 qts.

I have a 06 EX and I fill them till their dip stick indicates full.

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Default Re: 08 Civic EX oil capacity

change oil, put 3.9, drive it, and stfu

if anything f's up i have the owners manual to back me up instead of the dipstick.
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Think with your dipstick Jimmy!
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4.2-4.3 qts is what you put in an SI not an EX
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