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Old 11-13-2003, 10:26 PM   #1
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i dunno if anything will happen. last time i changed mine, i thought for some reason i read that the manual said 4.5 quarts but it says 4.25. so i guess i overfilled mine last time by a quarter. but im changing mine again tomorrow and ill be sure to put in 4.25.


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I would drain it asap. Overfilling your oil can cause your seals to blow. Park your car on a level surface and check it first to make sure if its indeed over filled.
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The biggest problem with overfilling is the crank/pistons are now frothing up the oil, making many many tiny bubbles. Those bubbles don't protect parts, nor do they transport well. The oil level should be below the crank, so it doesn't get mixed up.

If you ever made scrambled eggs (not egz), after wisking the eggs, you'll see all those bubbles in it. If you stick your finger in the bubbles, it will get some egg on it, but not as much as if you dipped it into the liquid egg. Same would go for the oil.

Sorry, I couldn't find a better analogy.
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Ohhhhhh, Thanks a lot guys.....I just had my oil changed yesterday, and it was discovered that the oil pan was leaking.... Oh well service she goes on Monday.

By the way would you not be able to tell if you over filled your oil by the gauge?

Would the engine not act up right away?

Just curious.....
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I think that's either an oil pressure or oil low indicator on the dash. Need to look at manual to be sure.
I did the same thing. Put in 4.5 quates instead of 4.25 because that's what I saw on myfordfocus.com
"Zetec: 4.25 Liters (4.5 quarts)"
When I checked my oil after doing an oil change with 4.5 quarts, the oil dipstick shows that the oil is overfilled.

I'll have to check my manual to validate that it does state 4.25 quarts instead of 4.5 quarts.
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Old 11-14-2003, 09:18 AM   #6
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Hotfocus is right. That's what i've always been told that it will make the seals leak alot sooner than you would want them to or expect them to. I've never heard what egz said before, but it makes since. I had a 98 Nissan Frontier and took it to the oil change places for the oil change, and one time, they overfilled it bigtime. Don't even know what made me check it either, but just had a hunch to. Anyhoo, of course I drained it and changed it myself after that. I used to always change it myself, but that was back when I was working two jobs and didn't have time . Have changed it myself ever since. Anyhoo, i would suggest just putting lil bit at a time. You know it holds over 4 quarts. So how I do it is put 4 qts in, start it and let it circulate a sec, then kill the engine, let the oil drain back in the pan for a sec, then check it and go from there. Just add it in as baby steps after that. Pour a lil bit and check. I know most how to change oil, so not trying to tell anyone how to do it, just telling a way to avoid overfilling if you do it yourself. Oh, R&D, no, you can't tell by the guage, it only regulates pressure. The pressure might read a lil bit higher than normal, but not likely, just depends on how much it was overfilled. Also, no, the engine wouldn't act up right away. Like what was mentioned above. The biggest worry is it blowing out your seals if you leave it like that long enough.
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you have to WAY overfill to do damage like blowing out seals. I doubt .25 of a quart extra is a ticking time bomb. Adding a couple of extra quarts on top of the required amount would be asking for trouble... but yeah, bottom line, don't overfill, it can be just as bad as not having enough oil.
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The reason I brought this topic up is to see if anyone had experienced and problems from over filling. I wasn't sure if this is what caused my oil filter to start leaking...?...

1. When I checked my oil level when cold, the oil dip stick shows over the Full line.
I only put in 4.5 quarts like I think I'm supposed to..

2. I let it run for a few weeks and I noticed I was leaking oil yesterday. I checked under the car and the oil was leaking around my oil filter.

Could over filling the oil cause my oil filter to blow it's seal and leak ?
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I guess it could if you really really over filled it, but .25 quarts shouldnt do it...did you put a little oil on the rubber seal on the oil filter b4 screwing it on? Did you put it on tight enough? those would be more likely culprits.
I would put 4 in the engine and put some in the iol filter when changing this would be very close to the 4.25 quarts anyway, let it circulate check again and top off if necessary...thats normally what I do
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Ya, I made sure that the filter was on tight and that I put on a thin layer of oil on the seal before I put it on.

I'm going to replace the oil filter but does anyone know if the oil filter location is higher than the oil in the engine ?

I don't want to remove the oil filter and have a quart of oil start spilling on me.
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