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Old 08 Sep 2014, 01:28 am
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Default 4.5 or 5 Quarts?

So I bought a 5 quart jug of mobil 1 synthetic and took it to a gas station im my area that has a service station.

The guy was filling the oil and left a half quart in the jug and when I asked why he wasn't putting it all in he said this car takes 4.5 quarts (2008 pt cruiser non turbo).

I thought it was 5 but I cant find a straight answer. When researching online Ive seen people day it takes 4.5 and others say 5. Some say only the turbo takes 5?

I couldn't find an answer in the manual either.

When he showed me on the dipstick it looked full. I'll have to try to check again.
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Old 08 Sep 2014, 07:01 am
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Default Re: 4.5 or 5 Quarts?

My 2001 Owners Manual under Fluid Capacities says: Engine Oil with filter 5.0 qts. It's in the back under Maintenance.
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Old 08 Sep 2014, 07:17 am
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So I bought a 5 quart jug of mobil 1 synthetic and took it to a gas station im my area that has a service station.

The guy was filling the oil and left a half quart in the jug and when I asked why he wasn't putting it all in he said this car takes 4.5 quarts (2008 pt cruiser non turbo).

I thought it was 5 but I cant find a straight answer. When researching online Ive seen people day it takes 4.5 and others say 5. Some say only the turbo takes 5?

I couldn't find an answer in the manual either.

When he showed me on the dipstick it looked full. I'll have to try to check again.
5 Quarts with filter. Maybe ypu have a metric jug. They have more than 5 in them.
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Old 08 Sep 2014, 07:53 am
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Default Re: 4.5 or 5 Quarts?

On my PT Cruisers non-turbo its between 4.5 and 5 quarts but never have been able to get all five quarts in. Maybe some use bigger oil filters? I use Mobile 1 oil filter.
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Old 08 Sep 2014, 08:07 am
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Default Re: 4.5 or 5 Quarts?

I was sure that somewhere I had seen a recommendation of 4.5 quarts, but I checked the manual for my PT and it does state 5 quarts. I have had my oil changed at several diffeent places (2 different dealerships, 2 different Goodyear shops) and when I have provided them with the 5 quart jug (Castrol 5W30 GTX High-Mileage), they have always returned the jug with a little oil left in it, and the vehicle registers up to the full mark on the dipstick. There was one exception where I didn't pay attention to what I had purchased and Castrol also makes a 4 quart jug so I was actually a little short, but luckily I carry a quart bottle in the vehicle so I had enough to top it off. I wouldn't be worried about it as long as it's up to the full mark.

The Chrysler spec sheet, for my PT, in the following link states 4.5 quarts for the N/A, and 5 quarts for the turbo.

http://www.media.chrysler.com/dcxms/...ons06_2005.pdf

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Old 08 Sep 2014, 09:26 am
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Default Re: 4.5 or 5 Quarts?

I fit ~4.75 qt. in the rebuild I did last week. It was enough to bring it to the proper mark on the dipstick


Hope it helps.
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Old 08 Sep 2014, 10:08 am
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Default Re: 4.5 or 5 Quarts?

Its 5 quarts with filter change.

Oil is funny if you change it when the engine is cold and try to read the dip stick it will be 4.5-4.75 QTs. If you change the oil when engine is hot and let it drip a while out the drain plug it is always 5+ quarts.

You can run a PT Cruiser 1.6 or 2.4 gasoline fueled engine without harm on 4.5-6 quarts. The high end places the oil level still below the crankshaft.

At about 3k engine speed you have at least 1+ quart of oil on the top of the engine and head leaving the sump with 4 qts or less. Oil pressure is usually effected if the oil drops below 2+ quarts.

Cooling of oil is effected by 2 quarts or less as well. But if you run more oil like 6 the temperature of oil raises.
That is because the sump volume does not change and less area of oil is effectively cooled with high quantities.

ok so what was the question again.....oh ya PT Cruiser 5 quarts with filter change.
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Old 08 Sep 2014, 09:35 pm
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Default Re: 4.5 or 5 Quarts?

I Like to use the full line on the dipstick. While you can get away with more, not only do you run hotter oil, you also create excess windage as the crank picks up oil from the pan which could potentially starve the sump at high rpm.
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Default Re: 4.5 or 5 Quarts?

It takes 5 quarts of 5w-30. Make sure to only use oil with the API certification and MS-6395 specification.
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Old 13 Sep 2014, 11:56 am
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Default Re: 4.5 or 5 Quarts?

I always get 5 quarts in mine, an '02. The car is hot when I drain it. % quarts brings it up to the full mark on mine with a filter change.
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