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What happens if you overfill your oil tank?

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Old 12-20-2000, 12:29 AM   #1
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Default What happens if you overfill your oil tank?

I took my car to the dealer today and got the car topped off with some conventional oil. He looked at the dipstick and said that it needs about 1/2 a quart. He poured and I checked it 10 minutes later. It was now over the max line by 2-3 centimeters. Is this bad for the car? Should I take it back to the dealership and have them take some oil out?
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Default Re: What happens if you overfill your oil tank?

Yes! Over filling the engine can cause oil to be carried over into the induction system, which can cause damage to the catalyst.

It can also cause increased detonation, but one would hope the knock detection system can cope with that.

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Old 12-20-2000, 12:58 AM   #3
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Default Bad. Manual explains this.

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Old 12-20-2000, 01:17 AM   #4
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Default Re: Bad. Manual explains this.

Should I get the oil out as soon as possible? How would I do this?
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Old 12-20-2000, 01:32 AM   #5
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Default Sure ,no harm if not start the engine. But I am not sure how.....

long can you drive without harm to engine. I think it would be better to call the dealer.Because it is an important situation. No more help. Sorry.
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Old 12-20-2000, 01:44 AM   #6
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Default Re: What happens if you overfill your oil tank?

I believe also the crank could dip too far into the oil and actually causing it to foam and therefore likening the chance of air (dry spots) being pumped throught the engine. I could be completely wrong but, that is what I think I remember from auto-shop class in high school.
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Default LarryTT can answer this Q . properly. Where are you LarryTT

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Default That's what the standard book answer is. Give that man a cigar!

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Default Are you sure you mean "2-3 centimeters?" Thats 3/4" to 1 1/4" past the full mark!?!

Or between 4 & 5 quarts past full. 2-3 millimeters isnt gonna hurt much but 2-3 centimeters past the full mark could be devastating... hydro-lock the engine and like Andy said ruin the catalytic converter.
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Default It can also cause oil "foaming" - Drain it.

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Default If you don't want to open the pan drain plug, do this...

Get a smal dia. *clear* plastic hose, any small dia., 1/4", 3/8" or so, not garden hose.
Get it as long as you can, 4-6 feet.
Thread it into the oil *fill* area, carefully, you don't want it to get caught on something.
Just put it down into the oil.
Or, if the tube is small enough, thread it in the dipstick tube.

Now this may sound wierd, but it works.

*Slowly* suck on the end of the tube, until you see oil flowing up the tube. You have plenty of length of tube, so you won't get a mouth full of oil. I'll bet you can get enuf out this way, to drop the level. You may need to do this more than once.
It works, I did it on a car that I over-filled the auto tranny on.
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Default Among other things mentioned, you'll clog your sparkplugs.

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Default Actually it's .7874" to 1.1811" - but who's counting? :-)

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Default The Miami Herald!

Sorry, it was certified at 1/2 cm before all the oil was added by the inimitable K Harris. LOL
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Default I agree. Half a quart should only raise the level about 4-5 mm (1/2 cm).

If they really put in 3 extra quarts, you should have oil that looks like a chocolate milkshake after a few minutes of running, due to entrapped air.
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