Flooded engine - what should I do?

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I flooded the engine (carb'd) accidentally last nite and this morning I got a hard-to-start condition... the engine oil was pitch black on the dipstick. I went out and drove it to operating temperature so that I'd burn off any moisture and excess fuel - do I need to change out the oil?
 
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Yes, I would change the oil ASAP. It could have and in all probability was contiminated with some fuel. You just can't take a chance that you oil will last very long. If your sense of smell is good, you can remove the dipstick and smell? [ January 01, 2003, 09:05 AM: Message edited by: Mike ]
 

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I checked the oil before last night and the oil was relatively clean. This mornin the bottom was all black - and it definitely smelled "rich"
 
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Look at the bright side, it looks like you have some carbon build up that was removed by soaking the cylinders in gas [Smile] I would drain the oil. If you think this is a frequent occurance then I would use dino so that you aren't wasting a bunch of money on synthetic if you need to drain again.
 

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So the black stuff wasn't the fuel mixing with the oil - just carbon deposits that were removed from the pistons? [Smile]
 
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The proper 'color' of oil can only be checked when warm/hot. ie. don't look at it first thing in the morning...if it's still light-medium brown when hot, it's probably still good. That is, from my experience, oil is darker when cold than warm/hot...could be some of the "contaminants" burn off as you drive... Disclaimer: I know, I know...Never use oil color as indication of oil quality.
 
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Originally posted by metroplex: So the black stuff wasn't the fuel mixing with the oil - just carbon deposits that were removed from the pistons? [Smile]
Black color is from carbon, but I don't know if the fuel in the oil will turn black when it get's hot or simply evaporate.
 
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