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Old 11-28-2002, 03:10 PM   #1
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Overfilled oil by just a bit

I changed my oil today and think I overfilled a bit. The oil is about one millimeter above the 2nd (top limit) notch in the dipstick.

This isn't going to hurt the car any is it?
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Old 11-28-2002, 05:31 PM   #2
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If there is oil overfill, than the first problem is to notice oil leak from the front or/and rear engine crank seal - wich will cost $400 bucks for each F/R for repair (the seal by itself is $15 bucks only, but for the both to be fixed is around $800 bucks). It will not be a problem for some hundred's miles - but my advice just to be on the safe side is go to Kragen or Pep Boys auto parts store and get one small hand pump it's under $10-$15 bucks and suck out some oil true the dip stick with the supplied small plastic hose in the pack !!!!!


ps: Between min and max that space on the stick is one quort botle - I'm keeping mine all of the time between MEDIUM ( visual that is right between min and max ) and the MAX ,- or that is quorter of one quort bottle less .
BTW in your case (1mm above) looks like that you have around quorter more (or a bit less than that) from one quort bottle (20-25% from 100%).


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Old 11-28-2002, 05:36 PM   #3
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do u guys just fill up your oil by lookin at the dip stick??? I just fill it up like the manual says and drive. No problems here
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Old 11-28-2002, 06:22 PM   #4
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do u guys just fill up your oil by lookin at the dip stick??? I just fill it up like the manual says and drive. No problems here
It is unwise to simply dump in the "stated" amount of oil without verifying the amount of fill by using the dipstick. You have no way of knowing if you removed all the oil when you drained it. Always check the stick: start car, wait at least 15 mins then check with car parked on LEVEL surface. Excess oil should be removed (by pump or drain plug). It is always best to err on the low side and add later.
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Old 11-28-2002, 06:30 PM   #5
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If you did indeed overfill; just pull the drain plug and let some of it out.
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Old 11-28-2002, 06:36 PM   #6
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Any pics of where the drain plug is? I dont have a bently manual....maybe I should ask for one for Christmas :sad:
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Old 11-28-2002, 06:39 PM   #7
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Any pics of where the drain plug is? I dont have a bently manual....maybe I should ask for one for Christmas :sad:

The drain plug is under the front of the car...
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Old 11-28-2002, 06:43 PM   #8
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Open the trap door and you will be rewarded with the drain plug.:tongue: It's easy to find, it's about as far back as every other drain plug I've ever removed.
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Old 11-28-2002, 06:55 PM   #9
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In my opinion it's more easy with the small pump than draining some oil by the drain bolt from the above sugestions, cuz :

You have to lift the car either on ramps, jak ..... whatever and that will take you twice more time and that is almost changing the oil again (as 2nd time). BTW you will need another coper washer, cuz the one you are going to unscrew with the bolt is already crushed and no good (don't know if they do sell them individualy at the part's dep.), and becouse of the need of the replacement on that washer you will need to remove the bolt from the oil pan complectly and by that you will not be able to drain "JUST SMALL" amount, but everything will pour out ....


ps: also don't forget to retorque the oil bolt ....!

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Old 11-28-2002, 07:45 PM   #10
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BTW you will need another coper washer, cuz the one you are going to unscrew with the bolt is already crushed and no good (don't know if they do sell them individualy at the part's dep.), and becouse of the need of the replacement on that washer you will need to remove the bolt from the oil pan complectly and by that you will not be able to drain "JUST SMALL" amount, but everything will pour out ....

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Old 11-29-2002, 07:38 AM   #11
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Correct me if I'm wrong.On the same subject about oil over fill that was posted in the past they said that don't worry about over fill like you had to in the past because there is a valve that opens up and it will dump out the excess oil.So the only problem you will have is cleaning up the oil that spilled out.
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Old 11-29-2002, 12:44 PM   #12
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Don't want to be inpolite, but in my own opinion that BIG NONSENSE had never been proven yet !


check the link for the post by the Hack "for that release valve" .(also check his response above my reply down on the bottom).

http://bimmer.roadfly.org/bmw/forums...=464111&page=2



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Old 11-29-2002, 04:56 PM   #13
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it says in the owners manual that overfilling the oil is bad and can cause problems. drain the excess to be safe.
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According to the Bentley repair manual, there IS a relief valve to prevent seals from blowing due to too much oil pressure.
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Old 11-29-2002, 08:26 PM   #15
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On which page, so I can check in my Bentley ?

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Old 01-18-2003, 11:42 AM   #16
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Any pics of where the drain plug is? I dont have a bently manual....maybe I should ask for one for Christmas :sad:
The drain plug is in the trunk, under the CD player. Super easy to get to, ROTFLMAO
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Old 01-18-2003, 10:35 PM   #17
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Overfilling oil is bad for the simple reason that the oil foams up and gives poor coverage and thus poor protection.
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Old 01-18-2003, 11:10 PM   #18
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The drain plug is in the trunk, under the CD player. Super easy to get to, ROTFLMAO
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Old 01-18-2003, 11:16 PM   #19
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According to the Bentley repair manual, there IS a relief valve to prevent seals from blowing due to too much oil pressure.
Can anyone confurm this statement in a bentley manual!!
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