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    Schoolboy error here, but I put too much in this afternoon. It's half an inch over the top of the dipstick max level. I plan to get it drained next week, but in the interim, I could do with the car for a 20 minute journey into work and back tomorrow.

    I've been told that driving the car having done this will put terrible pressure on the seals. Will I get away with the short drive tomorrow or is it best to get a taxi?

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    taxi if you like you car half inch is a lot over the max mark when its only inch from bottom to the max mark............id say maybe 2liter over could be wrong

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    personally, id drop the half inch out just to be safe as it can be dangerous having too much oil in.

    read this posted just today..
    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...ht=compression

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    Yes you can pop a seal due to too much pressure.

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    is easy enough to drop the oil out..if your worried bout taking too much out then id drain your oil into a clean container and re use/top back up..i reckon approx 15 min max from start to finish..ohh n drain the oil when its cold,thicker/slower and u wont burn ur hand when ur putting the sump plug back in..

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    you need one of these. Loads of em on e bay for similar price. You can get more elaborate ones for more cash, but this would do the job.
    I have one, it comes with long thin tube to go down dipstick shaft. It claims to be able to do oil changes, not tried it yet and personally i suspect it might be more difficult than old fashioned way, but it could easily extract the half litre of oil you need to lose. I'd order one and taxi it until it comes. Mine came in two days. Prob cost less than garage to drain it.(MIN-MAX is one litre, total oil 4.5 litres. I reckon your half inch is half a litre but I still wouldn't drive it.) Or you could just leave oil filler cap off and run engine until you feel you have been splattered with half a litre!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyred View Post
    you need one ofthese. Loads of em on e bay for similar price. You can get more elaborate ones for more cash, but this would do the job.
    I have one, it comes with long thin tube to go down dipstick shaft. It claims to be able to do oil changes, not tried it yet and personally i suspect it might be more difficult than old fashioned way, but it could easily extract the half litre of oil you need to lose. I'd order one and taxi it until it comes. Prob cost less than garage to drain it.(MIN-MAX is one litre, total oil 4.5 litres. I reckon your half inch is half a litre but I still wouldn't drive it.) Or you could just leave oil filler cap off and run engine until you feel you have been splattered with half a litre!
    yep used for smart car as they dont have oil plugs lol

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    this one will come quicker actually, thinking about it. Same thing just first class post! And deliver to european union.

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    mines about 1 litre over filled mate - will give it an oil change when i get time! that maybe 2-3 wks away!!

    I'm doing on average 800-900 miles a week...car is running fine....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wingz123 View Post
    mines about 1 litre over filled mate - will give it an oil change when i get time! that maybe 2-3 wks away!!

    I'm doing on average 800-900 miles a week...car is running fine....
    dont wanna be hearing a thread "she died " in a week lol

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