I drained my old oil, put the plug back, refilled with 5 qrts of oil, started the car, checked the dipstick and it shows about an or more over the fill line. I pulled the oil plug to drain some excess and there is nothing in the pan. What the heck is going on????

  • I once knew a person who did a first oil change. He drained the engine oil, added 4 quarts to the automatic transmission, then checked the engine dipstick. There was nothing on the dipstick. He bought 2 more quarts, added it, then checked: empty. After several additions of oil, he discovered his mistake. Ruined his transmission.
    – John Canon
    Commented Jan 31, 2021 at 5:50

2 Answers 2


Maybe you drained the transmission and added oil to the engine?.


The fill amount has to be adjusted whether you changed the filter or not.

I alwayd put in a bit less and work up to the line by adding after running the engine and letting it settle.

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