Larry, you are right about filling the oil filter housing. Actually, I did that when I did the first oil change. It's easier to dump the oil into the housing than throught the valve cover. For this oil change,and I don't know why but, I didn't put any oil in the filter housing. I know that if the oil level is between the marks on the dipstick, the oil level is fine. However, I am trying to gauge this engine's oil usage and it would be easier if from the get-go the oil level was on the full mark.
1994 MB E320 Coupe (199,500 mi)
1992 MB 190E 2.6 (173,000 mi)
1983 Porsche 911SC (148,000 mi)
2004 Volvo V70 2.5T (198,000 mi)
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