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Old 10-17-2014, 04:40 PM   #1
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Just changed the oil in my Berk. Last time it took 18 qts. with the filter. I put in 18 plus the quart in the new filter. I checked the dipstick and was over full. Drained out about a qt. and am still probably about a quart heavy. I know that overfilling in a 5 or 6 quart gas motor can cause cavitation and pressure leaks, but how about a diesel with 18 qts? I will dump more if I have to, but would prefer not to. Any opinions???
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:07 PM   #2
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Gasman,
How much over full was the level? Also, which engine do you have- the 340 or 360 hp? I believe that the 340 hp takes less oil than the 360. If it shows that it is a lot over full, I would drain more oil so that it is just at the full mark. As you mentioned, too much oil can be as bad as too little oil. JMHO
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:40 PM   #3
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How much over full was the level? Also, which engine do you have- the 340 or 360 hp? I believe that the 340 hp takes less oil than the 360. If it shows that it is a lot over full, I would drain more oil so that it is just at the full mark. As you mentioned, too much oil can be as bad as too little oil. JMHO
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Tom, looking at where the current mark is and comparing it with the low oil mark, I would estimate about a quart over. I had it changed at the dealership once, and they used 20 qts.....really overfilled. Someone once told me that in a diesel, the excess is just burned off, but I don't know if that is true. I dumped a bunch of that oil to get the level down.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:15 PM   #4
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If you check your manual the Cummings engines pan has a 15 qt capacity. Pan, oil filter and system have a 17.6 qt capacity.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:27 PM   #5
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If you check your manual the Cummings engines pan has a 15 qt capacity. Pan, oil filter and system have a 17.6 qt capacity.

Silver, that's what I figured from my last oil change....but, not thinking about the added amount of oil by prefilling the filter, using 18 qts. put me over. Tom, btw I have the 360..

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Old 10-18-2014, 08:56 AM   #6
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I believe the only difference between a 340 and a 360 engine, is the chip. If that is true, the oil capacity would be the same, one would think. The main difference with 360, is a bigger transmission (3000 vs 2500).


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Now that you got me thinking of oil changes......

Just curious. With my cars, I drive it up a ramp, and place an oil drop pan under the drain hole and drop the oil.

How do you do it with the Berky ? What do you use that holds 16 ~18 quarts ?
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Used this with my truck. Don't know where you would put the other 1-3 quarts.

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I put a Fumoto oil drain valve in my coach. It replaces the drain plug and has a little handle that you can turn to allow the oil to drain and then turn it to stop the oil. I then can drain as much or as little oil that I want. I usually drain the oil into a large detergent jug and it takes about 2 1/2 times to drain the oil.

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Just curious. With my cars, I drive it up a ramp, and place an oil drop pan under the drain hole and drop the oil.

How do you do it with the Berky ? What do you use that holds 16 ~18 quarts ?
Don't need a ramp. I use a creeper from harbor freight. Also bought a 20 qt oil pan to get the oil. I'm on vacation right now, but will post the one I got when I get back.

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