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Ford V-10 Engine-Oil Capacity

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

Q. Do you guys know the engine-oil capacity for a 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty crew cab with a 6.8-liter V-10 engine? The owner’s manual says the engine takes six quarts. Another dealer tells me it takes six and a half quarts. My local technician tells me six quarts don’t quite fill it, so he adds a seventh, which brings it up just above MAX when he changes it.

I recall there was controversy over this issue when the engine came out. There were mis-calibrated dipsticks and the like. What is the proper capacity of the engine?

— B.C., Atlanta, Georgia

A. According to my technical source at Ford, all of the V-10 6.8L engines have a six-quart oil capacity with filter change.


Ken Freund’s more than three decades of auto-repair experience and 20-plus years of RVing helped him author numerous books and articles on vehicle repair. In addition to RV Clinic and Performance, he writes the Powertrain column in MotorHome magazine. Ken has been a California Automotive VO-Tech and Smog-Test Program Instructor and an ASE-certified Master Automobile Technician.

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