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Old 15-12-2013, 19:16   #16
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I would say that it must have had a minimum of 2 qts even if the installation is more or less level. As I recall a 44 has a capacity of nearly 5qts. If the oil in it was the oil that was run in the engine at the low point, I would run it for a bit and have an oil analysis done on it and pump all of the oil out and measure what is in it. I do not think that engine would run for ten hours on one quart of oil without seizing or having metal in the pan if there was a problem. It is obviously your decision, but there is something weird here. Compression checks are difficult and messy on a diesel but if that was OK and the oil analysis was clean, I personally would not be that worried about it. I think you may be surprised at how much oil was actually in the engine--remember to count the oil in the filter. Let us know what you do and decide.


Ray Durkee
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