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Old 03-13-2014, 11:19 AM   #1
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how much oil does a LS3 take?

Just changed my oil and filter added 5 qts and showes low? What is the capacity of the LS3 after oil and filter change?
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:26 AM   #2
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8 quarts. Put 3 more in. Hope your not driving it.
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Only the four cylinder engines use 5 or less quarts. For future reference.
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:11 PM   #4
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:29 PM   #6
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I think the capacity is officially called a "shit-ton" which, when converted, is 8 quarts.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:33 PM   #7
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:45 PM   #8

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First time the dealer changed mine, they only put in 6. I didn't check it till I got home. I bought two more, put them in, drove back to them to bitch and get reimbursed for the two quarts. I figured they knew the SS took 8!
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:32 AM   #9

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Originally Posted by w2010abm View Post
Just changed my oil and filter added 5 qts and showes low? What is the capacity of the LS3 after oil and filter change?
How do you conduct an oil change without knowing how much oil to put back? Didn't the 5 qt pan you drained the old oil into overflow all over your garage floor?

Seriously, you really shouldn't be touching anything under the hood.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:54 AM   #10

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Wow 8qt synthetic, I thought 6+ on the LS2 was expensive! Seriously look @ some of the diesels take 2x that and the big trucks forget about it. With all the changes in oils and such service is getting crazy.

We do a 12qt transmission flush recommended every 30k miles it can get very expensive with Dex VI. I know manufactures say never change ATF but I can say first hand when you see how bad the old fluid looks I'm a believer in flush. 30K may be soon for synthetic ATF but with a rebuild often costing more than the value of the car its a good investment.

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Old 03-24-2014, 05:11 PM   #11
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GM says oil capacity is 8 qts, I only add 7 quarts then start it, let it warm up then let it settle and check the levels, add more as needed. If you add 8 qts you run the risk of overfilling the oil because the oil capacity includes oil stuck in the cooler and other places that does not drain out. Just an FYI. I gained my info from Ted Jannetty.
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:14 AM   #12
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I've seen it can hold up to 8.6 qts. I've always put 8. Dealer tried to charge me for 9 qts's.
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