I have changed my oil a few times which led me to wonder a few things. My engine, according to the owners manual, takes 8.5 quarts of oil.
When I add oil, I can only add 8 quarts of oil according to the dipstick to the full line. I have seen many oil changers places add oil according to the owners manual. But in this case, I cant manage to add exactly the amount of oil the user manual says which is about half a quart less than what the manual says. So my question is, What is the correct reference for the correct amount of oil to add, the dipstick or the owners manual?
Also when changing my oil, is the correct way to check oil level right after I add the oil in or after I have cycled the engine first. Because in theory, it would make sense to check the oil level first before even starting the engine. To my confusion, I have seen both ways done before.