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How many quarts of oil?

How many quarts of oil does a 97 Ram 2500 5.9l 4wd take? My dad just keeps telling me 5 but I know it's either 6 or 6 1/2. Please let me know thanks.

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Im pretty sure it is 5. That is what mine takes

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5 and maybe a tad bit more, I buy 6 quarts just so I have an extra lying around

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I have a thing from my autos class that tells me this stuff. Its 5.

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Yeah i just bought oil to do the first oil change on mine and thought it was odd that the manual says only 4.7 liters doesnt seem like much oil for v8 my hemi took something like 6.7 i think
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On just about every 318 and 360 I have owned I have put between 5 1/2 and 6 quarts in to make the dipstick read correctly. I do use the longer filters. Never have been impressed with the "shorty" filters that come on them. That part shouldn't be a factor, since the filter is above the oil level when cold. Some of the older hemi's only took 4 quarts. I'm talking about 50's and 60's models here. And yes, the owner manual says 5 quarts on both engines with a filter change.

I top it off to the level on the dipstick and call it good. On one truck I had I was always a half quart low. I could change it and top it off and a week later it would be down. So I would put enough in to level it off again and in a week the same thing would happen. I would leave it alone and it would stay at half a quart low, not using any more until maybe the 2000 mile mark. I suspected the dipstick was wrong and I was over filling it by as much as a quart. I finally called that level the full mark and had no problems for many miles in that truck.
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Thanks guys. Just wanted to clear that up.

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On just about every 318 and 360 I have owned I have put between 5 1/2 and 6 quarts in to make the dipstick read correctly. I do use the longer filters. Never have been impressed with the "shorty" filters that come on them. That part shouldn't be a factor, since the filter is above the oil level when cold. Some of the older hemi's only took 4 quarts. I'm talking about 50's and 60's models here. And yes, the owner manual says 5 quarts on both engines with a filter change.

I top it off to the level on the dipstick and call it good. On one truck I had I was always a half quart low. I could change it and top it off and a week later it would be down. So I would put enough in to level it off again and in a week the same thing would happen. I would leave it alone and it would stay at half a quart low, not using any more until maybe the 2000 mile mark. I suspected the dipstick was wrong and I was over filling it by as much as a quart. I finally called that level the full mark and had no problems for many miles in that truck.
Ok, what is the longer filter's part number? I am not impressed with the dinky filter, but the one on the Corvette 5.7L, is smaller than the one on the Ram.

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By the way, I put 5.5qt on my 5.2L.

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Ok, what is the longer filter's part number? I am not impressed with the dinky filter, but the one on the Corvette 5.7L, is smaller than the one on the Ram.
Cross it over with a fram PH8A, but don't use the fram!
If they don't have a chart to cross them over just get one for a mid 60's mopar product.

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My 5.9 takes 11 qt oh wait its a Cummins sorry guys had to.

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I have always used the Motorcraft FL1(A? can't remember for sure but I know it when I see it). I had a Plymouth that would have lifter noise for the first minute or so after a cold start. An older friend of mine told me to use the Motorcraft filter because it didn't let the oil drain back so bad overnight and it wouldn't make that noise. I changed and the noise went away. I put a lot of miles on everything I own and then keep driving what ever it is even longer. I don't know that the filter made that much difference but changing the oil and filter every 3k will make one last just about forever in engine years.

As far as the size of the filter, I have heard arguments about that but to me more area is better, plain and simple. I have a Lumina that uses the littlest filter I have ever seen, nothing bigger will fit. I don't see how an older engine can do well on something like that.

But, that's not the subject of the thread here. As long as oil pressure is maintained and there is ample flow, five or six quarts seems to be enough. I had one truck that I changed the engine in after 200k and had to use a different oil pan. For some reason, that pan was deeper, making the engine hold almost 8 quarts. I never knew if all of it ever circulated completely but it went a lot of miles just the same.
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I've used the bigger filter on my 87 Since it was new and on the 96 since 67000 miles on it when I got it. The 87 is at 173000 mi. now and takes no make up oil on a change of 3000 to 4000 mi. The 96 at 122000 takes no make up on Mobil1 oil and filter changed once a year, 6000 to 8000 miles.

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5.5 gts and i use a remote oil cooler and large filter. but my truck is only a 360 1500. not that it makes any diff.
when ever i do oil changes, i use the stuff for higher mileage engines. said to still have the good lubricants in it like sulfer and zink. DAMN DEP. enviromental protecting tree huggers messin up my engine! for some old motor heads, i know, they only use 15-40

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I've used 20w50 in the 87 since new and 15w50 in the 96.

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Cross it over with a fram PH8A, but don't use the fram!
If they don't have a chart to cross them over just get one for a mid 60's mopar product.
Thanks, and I use Napa filters.

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For a NAPA gold large filter the number is 1515. That is all I use.

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my old 5.2 would take 5-5.5 to read correct.

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Alright so around 5.5 or 6 quarts. Thanks Guys.

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Owners manual says 5 of 10w-30, for what it's worth.

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