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I checked my dipstick in my 2010 Lincoln town car and it was bone dry so I added 6 quarts and it was still bone dry. I put the key in the ignition and started it and let it run for about 20 minutes in my driveway and when I came out of my house to check the oil it smelled like oil was burning.

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  • How much oil should it hold?
    – HandyHowie
    May 30, 2021 at 8:20
  • Give some history. Did you think the engine should have oil in, or had you emptied it?
    – HandyHowie
    May 30, 2021 at 8:21
  • Did you check for leaks?
    – HandyHowie
    May 30, 2021 at 8:21
  • Was there oil on the engine after you ran it for 20 minutes?
    – HandyHowie
    May 30, 2021 at 8:22
  • Why did you leave it running for 20 unattended after just adding oil?
    – HandyHowie
    May 30, 2021 at 8:24

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Depending on the engine you have the capacity for your engine oil is 5.5 or 6 quarts. It is impossible for you to add 6 quarts of oil in this engine and read an empty dipstick without oil leaking from the fill point or underneath the engine in that short amount of time. I am convinced that you are looking at the wrong dipstick, and overfilling the engine with oil. The only answer I can give you is to read the owners manual and become familiar with how to check and maintain fluid levels. Or have someone knowledgeable on this help you learn. This car should not be started at all until it is looked at. 6 quarts of extra oil can possibly cause significant damage to your engine. If by chance it has no engine oil it would destroy the engine no doubt about it.

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  • Or he filled the oil in the wrong place
    – Martin
    May 31, 2021 at 9:44
  • That is possible too, which reinforces that this car should not be started. He did smell oil after running for 20 minutes, so I am assuming it's overfull. For the engines sake I hope you're wrong.
    – Jupiter
    May 31, 2021 at 10:14

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