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oil level reading really high

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by nmk, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. nmk

    nmk

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    I guess I've been lucky in my previous vehicles that the dipstick usually confirmed the amount in the owner's manual. I've had this car a couple years, but this is the first time I've changed the oil myself. I let drain for about half an hour, replaced oil filter, added 4 quarts of oil. The manual calls for 4.5. About an hour later the oil line is still about a full inch beyond the max line.

    Anyone else have this issue?
     
  2. CitizenOfDreams

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    1. Does the manual state full capacity, or capacity after oil change?
    2. Did you run the motor after the oil change (to fill up the filter)?
    3. Is your car off the jacks, on level ground?
     
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  3. stroker

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    I don't know of a vehicle that holds any less oil.
     
  4. bocephus549

    bocephus549 Bo Knows.......

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    #2 is the most likely culprit.
     
  5. Agg22

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    yep, run your car so that the oil gets pumped into the filter. the filter holds about .5 quarts
     
  6. nmk

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    1. Temporarily misplaced.
    2. Yes.
    3. Yes.

    I'll watch some basketball and check again later.
     
  7. 88_gurgel

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    Why wait half an hour for oil to drain? I let it drain until it is a thin stream. No need to wait that long.
     
  8. nmk

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    Why not if I'm not in a hurry?

    I should add the following:

    1. No, I didn't forget to wipe.
    2. Yes, I'm checking the right dipstick.
     
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    Didn't you read the oil change thread? There's a freak over thyere that lets it drip overnight.

    Some people's kids.
     
  10. CitizenOfDreams

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    Zaporozhets: 2.96 quarts. :rofl:

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  11. G31

    G31 Millennium Member

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    You could always take out the extra and just dump it on the ground...just kidding. We don't need to revisit that. ;)

    Check your capacity again, just in case. Manuals list capacities for all motors available for the vehicle, and if you looked too fast, you might have read the wrong one. If that doesn't work, take the extra qt. of oil when you drive it and check it after a few miles. I never check the dipstick after an oil change anymore, so I don't run across this. I did get my oil changed one time (usually do it myself), and the guy put 14.5 qts in there. It's supposed to take 15, and the dipstick read about the same both ways.

    What kind of car and what engine displacement?
     
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  12. nmk

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    Just checked it and it's at about 1/4" over the max line. I'm okay with that. I am still a little curious what took so long.

    '04 Grand Prix GTP, 3800 series III
     
  13. paulbow

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    I just sold my '02 grand prix GT. I always put 5 quarts in it.

    Its always better to be a little to full than a little to low.
     
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    eh a little over or a little under isnt going to hurt things ..

    now if you fill er up .. that will hurt
     
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    and actually its not paul,

    if you go to far over other problems can arrise
     
  16. paynter2

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    A quarter inch over the max on my Corolla could be as much as a half quart - that's ~13% on this vehicle. I might consider putting it back on the ramps and draining off a little.

    That amount (13%+/-) probably doesn't matter - but it's not good to be over-full. I'd just pull the plug and drain off a little.
     
  17. G31

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    I'd add the extra oil to get it up to capacity. Don't trust the dipstick reading in this case...it'll end up being right in a few days, I'm sure. Sometimes, the oil gets up in the dipstick tube and takes a while to settle.

    Check fill level again tomorrow when its cold.
     
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  18. paulbow

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    Half a quart high won't hurt anything. I had that car for 5 years and put 100k+ on it. Other than the intake it never leaked a drop of oil.

    Now if you're like my uncle who filled his first car up with oil (to the top) you might have a problem.
     
  19. 8-Ball

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    Oil thins out when it heats up, it will likely be higher when it's cold rather than operating temp.

    But it is better to have too little than too much. Some folks will drive their street/strip cars to the drag strip and drain a few quarts out for the passes, then fill them back up before leaving for a little edge.
     
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    That's one reason why he should check it cold. Other is that the oil will have settled into the pan.