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I - accidentally - overfilled wee sprinty by about 1/4 Ltr of oil. What do you recommend - drain it off or is it OK to start? Also bought some of that stuff to free off sticky hydraulic valves - can I use this in the Boxer engine??
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Re: Slight oil overfill . . . . . .

1/4ltr would be pushing it a bit. I assume you have run the engine for a few seconds to allow the oil filter to fill? If that is the case just remove the oil filter, empty and put back on. viola, instant 1/4ltr gone (varies depending on filter size.
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Re: Slight oil overfill . . . . . .

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I - accidentally - overfilled wee sprinty by about 1/4 Ltr of oil. What do you recommend - drain it off or is it OK to start? Also bought some of that stuff to free off sticky hydraulic valves - can I use this in the Boxer engine??
If it was my car I wouldn't worry too much about it, if at all.

Half a pint (think of a half pint of beer) is not significant when putting in about 4 1/2 litres.

I often overfill the 147 deliberately when topping up so as to reduce the chance of it all disappearing again, like it did on the 146.

BUT . . . . that is not an invitation to go mad like one Vauxhall customer of mine that I remember from the mid eighties.

He bought a brand new Cavalier and after a few days the oil light flashed a couple of times so he topped up the oil.

A couple of days later the oil light flashed a couple of times so he topped up the oil.

A couple of days after that the oil light flashed a couple of times so he topped up the oil.

Now you can see where this is going, huh?

Two weeks after purchasing the car he brought it back to the workshops complaining that the car was "smoking really badly", the engine was "rattling like a Bugler" and he wanted his money back.

I took out the dipstick and oil flowed out of the hole! (Well, almost!)

Upon questioning him he readliy admitted to keeping the oil topped up as he "should do"! . . . . "Everytime that oil light flashed"!

The oil pressure switch was replaced and the excess oil was drained off and the car was taken for a good thrash to clear it out.

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Re: Slight oil overfill . . . . . .

I agree with Paulus, 1/4 litre will not be problematic. But .....














































Don't do it again





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Re: Slight oil overfill . . . . . .

I've run my 33 around almost permanently with it up to 1cm over the full mark on the dipstick. That'll be at least 1/4 of a litre. I fill it that high for track days, on the advice of the local Alfa club, and the car doesn't seem to mind. It's probably not the best for fuel economy or might not let the motor warm up as fast etc, but draining oil is messy.
No smoke, no oil consumption, boxer still rattles along.
Having said that the full mark is probably there for a reason.

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Having said that the full mark is probably there for a reason.
Everything's gotta be somewhere!

I wonder how much variation there is between individual dipsticks/cars! Surely they can't be THAT accurate!

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...... A couple of days later the oil light flashed a couple of times so he topped up the oil.

A couple of days after that the oil light flashed a couple of times so he topped up the oil.

Now you can see where this is going, huh? ......
My oil light flashes on for a second every time I start the car better top it up twice a day
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Wouldnt bother doing anything about it.
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Wouldnt bother doing anything about it.


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It'll burn off soon enough! Anyway, I always fill my 156 to the line and a hair bit more, I'd like to think there is a bit of room in the spec of the engine to allow a little extra before it explodes.

However not too much, a few years ago, my neighbour did a home service on his Rover 200, his very first try! He put it 20 litres of oil as nothing showed on the dip stick! Turns out that the rubber seal on the dipstick had stuck at the end of the dipstick pipe, so as he pulled the dipstick out, it was wiped clean!

Oh, that engine went with one hell of a bang. He'd filled the whole crankcase with oil!
 
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It'll burn off soon enough! Anyway, I always fill my 156 to the line and a hair bit more, I'd like to think there is a bit of room in the spec of the engine to allow a little extra before it explodes.

However not too much, a few years ago, my neighbour did a home service on his Rover 200, his very first try! He put it 20 litres of oil as nothing showed on the dip stick! Turns out that the rubber seal on the dipstick had stuck at the end of the dipstick pipe, so as he pulled the dipstick out, it was wiped clean!

Oh, that engine went with one hell of a bang. He'd filled the whole crankcase with oil!

The technical term for that is hydraulicing. If you put in an extra 15 litres or so that will happen. Not with an extra .25 litres though!

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Re: Slight oil overfill . . . . . .

Franchised Alfa dealer recently overfilled mine by 2ltrs during its scheduled oil change.

Only picked up by a different dealer 3 weeks later when it went for its service.

Im listening intently now for extra rattles etc
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Re: Slight oil overfill . . . . . .

Just to comment on your other question, I would be reluctant to use any additive to the oil.
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Franchised Alfa dealer recently overfilled mine by 2ltrs during its scheduled oil change.

Only picked up by a different dealer 3 weeks later when it went for its service.

Im listening intently now for extra rattles etc
oh no! Hope that wasn't on the new spider
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Re: Slight oil overfill . . . . . .

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oh no! Hope that wasn't on the new spider
It sure was!

Id be more ****ed off if it was on the old one though, as that one is 'mine' - whereas the new one is a lease vehicle.
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