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I think I've over-filled the oil....

Oh dear!

I have a V6 TB and I think I have overfilled the oil. I started putting some more in this morning, as the dip-stick appeared to show half full, and added some bit by bit over the course of the day, letting the oil settle between additions.

Now, I checked it this evening, and clear oil showed up to 3/4 full, then there appeared to be no oil on the dip-stick for the remaining 1/4 to max, and then there appeared to be oil from the max mark up to the 3rd or 4th band on the actual dipstick body.....

I'm guessing that running with too much oil is not a good thing to do, so what are others experiences of this and should I drain and refill the oil? And, if I am not changing the oil filter, how much oil do I need to take off the 7.3 litres needed?

If I have to do this, then I will have to use the old oil, as I can't drive the car to get some new oil, and the old oil is very clear anyway....

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Re: I think I've over-filled the oil....

I'm not sure what is the oil level now? Is it over "max" mark? How long after turning off the engine you measured the level? Is it parked on a flat surface?
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Is it not possible to loosen the sump plug a tad and drain a bit ?
 
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it can be just as bad running an over filled engine as a dry engine. drain some
 
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Re: I think I've over-filled the oil....

Thanks guys, loosened the plug off, drained a litre, and found that it actually wasn't overfilled. The dipstick is a liar....

It is a pain, as the car does use oil (as some GTV's do) but it just never seems to move off halfway between the min and max marks, no matter how much oil I put in it...
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Re: I think I've over-filled the oil....

Aye! It can take hours for the oil to find its way into the sump.. expecially if you went for a spirited drive!

Park on level ground.. go and watch some football on t.v.. come back after the match and check the oil. New oil these days is almost clear so it's difficult to see.. you have to look at the back of the dipstick, at an angle the light reflects off, to see where the oil is.

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Re: I think I've over-filled the oil....

If there was a gap, this suggests to me that the oil above that is just oil which is stuck in the dipstick tube and giving you a false reading.
Once you've dipped a couple of times it's very hard to get a true reading because of residue which might be left in the tube to fall back onto the dipstick as you pull it through.
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