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So I just did my oil change on my 2008 FJ cruiser 1GR-FE. Everything was standard procedure, drain oil, replace filter, refill oil. I did the first 5qt jug all at once since it's supposed to take 5.5qts and then checked the oil level with the dipstick to see if I'm getting close. It was already over the max fill indicator by about a quarter inch as far as I could tell. It's on level ground and I made sure it was just barley dripping out before putting the drain bolt back in. The engine was warm after running some errands so it flowed quickly. Is there something I missed? Do I have to run the engine some before checking the level again? I still have a 1qt bottle left.
 

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Do I have to run the engine some before checking the level again? I still have a 1qt bottle left.
You do have to run the engine for a short time before setting the final oil level. This will fill the new oil filter. The filter takes about 0.3 US quarts.

If that isn't enough, then maybe you didn't get the FJ fully drained, or maybe your 5 (US) quart jug was actually 5 liters (5.28 us qt) or 5 imperial quarts (6 us qt).
 
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You do have to run the engine for a short time before setting the final oil level. This will fill the new oil filter. The filter takes about 0.3 US quarts.

If that isn't enough, then maybe you didn't get the FJ fully drained, or maybe your 5 (US) quart jug was actually 5 liters (5.28 us qt) or 5 imperial quarts (6 us qt).
I'll try that. Right now I got sucked into some chores around the house because I wasn't doing anything. It did say 5qt/4.73 liters
 

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I drain the oil out pour in 5.5 qts and don`t worry about it until the next change. I`ve been doing this 16 years no worries :)
This is all I do as well, got tired of worrying about the dipstick reading since it's hard to tell directly after an oil change.
 

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I had difficulty reading the dipstick, especially immediately after an oil change when the oil was totally clear.

I grit-blasted the end of the dipstick, which gave the highly reflective stainless steel a matte-gray finish that makes the oil line easily visible.

As far as checking oil level, I generally do it at every gas fill-up, along with checking PS fluid level and a quick visual check of coolant level, brake fluid level, a glance at the serp belt for any signs of fraying, and any obvious fluid leakage on the top of the engine. Just force of habit, been doing that drill for 55+ years.

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Ok so yea I did end up just starting the engine and then the dip stick did read lower than minimum so I put in the rest of the 5.5 qts in and it was right where it needed to be. This is the first time I changed the oil on my (newish to me) FJ
 
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I had difficulty reading the dipstick, especially immediately after an oil change when the oil was totally clear.

I grit-blasted the end of the dipstick, which gave the highly reflective stainless steel a matte-gray finish that makes the oil line easily visible.

As far as checking oil level, I generally do it at every gas fill-up, along with checking PS fluid level and a quick visual check of coolant level, brake fluid level, a glance at the serp belt for any signs of fraying, and any obvious fluid leakage on the top of the engine. Just force of habit, been doing that drill for 55+ years.

Dipstick immediately after oil change - difficult to see oil line.
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