1/2 qt. over fill

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Will it hurt? I used the 5qt jug and over filled by I'd say a 1/2 qt. I'm above the full line on the dipstick. I don't notice anything abnormal..
 

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To double check, go out and drive your car and then immediately check the dipstick after shutting off the engine. Look for tiny bubbles on the dipstick which would indicate it's overfull. If you don't see those, don't worry. I hope you're sending off a UOA of your previous oil! [Smile] I'll be changing my oil tomorrow, it'll be 4800 miles on Schaeffer 10w30 with a Carquest premium filter.
 

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Thanks Patman. Yes I am sending it off but I screwed it up again!! I am an idiot! I was distracted and by the time I went back under the car, the oil was drained into the pan. So I took the sample from the pan and filled the bottle with it. I am so angry bc this is the second time now that I've messed up a potential sample. I don't know what my problem is. Anyway, the oil had only 5k miles on it. 60% was highway and the other 40% was really hard driving. I have wanted to send off more samples over the last few months but money has been tight and I need to be careful. I am running M1 now and will try and go to 10k (I've said this before) with this one. I also had a 3oz dose of Rx with the sample I just sent off.
 

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[LOL!] I love answers like this, straight to the point. In all seriousness, thanks. Patman, are the bubbles really, really small? I just checked it and there where "microscopic" bubbles in the oil along the dipstick. The were so small thought they might have been something else. Hope not.
 
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Hey buster, I don't know what car you drive, but in my Audi 1/2 a quart over could be a problem. Oil might get into the exhaust and ruin the cats (Yes, I have two [Wink] ).
 

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Originally posted by buster: Thanks Patman. Yes I am sending it off but I screwed it up again!! I am an idiot! I was distracted and by the time I went back under the car, the oil was drained into the pan. So I took the sample from the pan and filled the bottle with it. I am so angry bc this is the second time now that I've messed up a potential sample. I don't know what my problem is. Anyway, the oil had only 5k miles on it. 60% was highway and the other 40% was really hard driving. I have wanted to send off more samples over the last few months but money has been tight and I need to be careful. I am running M1 now and will try and go to 10k (I've said this before) with this one. I also had a 3oz dose of Rx with the sample I just sent off.
I know how you feel but I would pitch the sample [Frown]
 

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I know how you feel but I would pitch the sampl
I probably should have but I sent it anyway. It might look better then when I had tide in the last sample. I can't believe I screwed it up again. When I change the oil, I'm usually in a rush and that is when I mess things up. Lets see what happens. My next M1 analysis should be good.
 
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Anything less then a quart is not a concern. If you go over a quart you could have problems. It is common on wet sump systems to over fill them for raceing purposes and then drain it out at the end of the event. I do not recomend makeing a habit of this though. An accumulator is a better idea. I know you did by acident. We have all done this at least once. I did it the other day and had to drop some out. Instead of checking my owners manual I took the parts guy at his word on capcity. Well he gave me the specification for the V6. I drove it a quart over for 40 miles and drained it the next day.
 

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That oil sample is practically useless though, you might as well not have bothered. [Frown] I'll let someone else field the bubble question, like Molekule, he knows for sure since this is his method of determining how high he can fill his oil.
 
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I don't know if the bubble method is completely reliable. I was about 1/3 quart over and saw bubbles on my dipstick (not a whole lot of bubbles, just a few). So I drained some oil out and got it down to the right level. I did the bubble test again and they were still there. I posted about this a week ago and Bob suggested that it might be the oil.
 
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Ok how did he screw up the sample again? I will be doing mine in a week or two on a small block Chevy and would like to get it the best way possible out of the drain plug. This is my six month filter change for Amsoil then it is off to new years for the complete change unless UOA says other wise.
 

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The sample is messed up because there are all kinds of contaminents in that oil pan, dust, dirt, old oil, and if he's like me, he uses the same pan for antifreeze too, so there could be that in there also. In other words, the sample he sent in is virtually useless unfortunately. [Frown]
 
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Now wait a minute. You think the oil sample is contaminated because it was first drained into an oil drain tank. I only drain oil into mine and I drain it completely when I am finished. It is completely closed at all times so the only thing that could contaminate oil is the oil residue left from other changes which would be almost nil. I guess I haven't been on this site long enough to be this much of a perfectionist. [Big Grin] Drain antifreeze into it! Never!! [No no]
 

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I'm not sure how contaminated it is. I never drained antifreeze in it and it has been sealed shut so who knows. Like you said, only left over oil should be in there. Half the bottle is from the drain, and the other half is from the oil pan. When I change the oil I usually move at a very fast pace. I was rushing and completely forgot to fill the bottle. For some reason I become the biggest air head when I change the oil. To be perfectly honest, I don't usually have sampling on my mind when changing it. I'm failing all of my oil buddies. [Frown] [ June 24, 2003, 06:17 PM: Message edited by: buster ]
 
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For some reason I become the biggest air head when I change the oil.
[Off Topic!] Same here...you know those all-in-one drain pan / 10 qt holding tub things you can get (made by Blitz or whatever)? Well, don't forget to open the little air relief plug, or the used oil won't go down into the tub! At least not quickly enough to avoid getting those volcano/"old faithful" bloops of oil shooting up all over everything as the air comes out to make room for the oil. I felt stupid going back into the house after that one...
 
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Buster, as you say, "only left over oil should be in there". However, what remains is going to be the thickest, most crud-laden fraction remaining from the last time that you drained the pan.
 
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Buster, Strongly suggest getting a Fumoto Drain Valve, which will make oil changes cleaner and neater and easily allow you to drain oil samples without burning yourself [Wink] The one I have on my '95 Tacoma fits most toyotas, so you can use it on your next vehicle as well. TooSlick
 
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