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Old 14-05-2010, 12:23   #1
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Oil capacity question? (British Legends)

Had my oil, filter and plugs changed at british legends in southend last saturday.

The book says the capacity is 4.5 litres but steve at BL said 4 litres was enough and that the kseries does not like being overfilled.

Has anyone else heard this?
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Old 14-05-2010, 12:48   #2
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as long as its over the min line on the dip stick...then its fine mate!!
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Also note to add

When you change oil and filter you never get the whole lot out. so there will always be some left and you will never get a fill 4.5 litres back in.
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If you do an oil and filter change on a K16 engine it will take exactly 4.5 litres to get it back to the full mark, give or take a few cl.

4 litres is not enough for this engine.
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If you do an oil and filter change on a K16 engine it will take exactly 4.5 litres to get it back to the full mark, give or take a few cl.

4 litres is not enough for this engine.
I have since topped it up with another 0.2 of a litre.

The thing is I trust british legends advice as he really seems to know his stuff.

The guy who runs it is an ex MGRover tech who specialises mostly with MGTFs etc and also does trackday preparation. He drives a monogram ZS180 himself.
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Having done lots of oil changes on the K16. You may well trust his advice, but in this instance he is completely incorrect.

Experience has shown it to take 4.5 litres and the manufacturer also agrees.

Fill it until it reaches the max mark. If it is on flat ground and the filter has been changed it will take pretty much spot on 4.5 litres. 4 litres is correct if the filter isn't changed, but thats another rip off story.
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I would agree with Stu, from emptying the engine fully, its usually taken me around the 4.5 stated but definitely not the 4l he said. Maybe he was rounding to 4 or just didnt bother removing the sump nut to get the remainer .5 out of there?
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mine took almost exactly 4 litres as i just dropped and changed oil and filter, so some old oil will still be clinging to the insides of the engine.
but if the engine is flushed properly then it'll take 4.5 as the block and sump will be completely empty.

anyone else had their oil come out looking like smooth branston pickle? mine did... probably the HGF oil and general rubbish.
plan to redo in a couple of weeks to get more cack out of the block.
why did i buy shell oil for this one?
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mine took almost exactly 4 litres as i just dropped and changed oil and filter, so some old oil will still be clinging to the insides of the engine.
but if the engine is flushed properly then it'll take 4.5 as the block and sump will be completely empty.

anyone else had their oil come out looking like smooth branston pickle? mine did... probably the HGF oil and general rubbish.
plan to redo in a couple of weeks to get more cack out of the block.
why did i buy shell oil for this one?
Did you bother undoing the sump nut or that just something I do cos Im an idiot?
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