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Old 12 August 2011, 07:24   #1
Country: UK - England
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Suzuki DF140 Oil Level Mystery

Wondering if any of you could help with a minor issue I'm having...

The DF140 service book states 6.5 litre engine oil capacity, so I have filled with 6 litres and re checked and it showed full on the dipstick. It's on level ground etc so assumed all fine.

Took it out for a day's run and re checked upon arriving home, again level ground. Dipstick now shows about half a litre over the full mark?!

Am I just being stupid here guys...? Don't want to run it overful but given I used half a litre less than the manual states I wouldn't expect to...


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Old 12 August 2011, 08:30   #2
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I've rarely managed to get as much fresh oil into an engine as the manufacturer states, even allowing for changing the filter or not. It can take a while for the oil to drain down into the sump, so I wouldn't be too worried just yet. Keep and eye on it, and if it changes level again then I'd be having a closer look. Was the engine 'level' on both occasions or might it have been tilted a bit? Assuming no water is getting in then it might just be one of those unexplained things.
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