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    Default I think my 2.2 direct has too much oil in it....

    Did a check earlier and have been quite pleased since the car was serviced at 88k, 4k has passed and it hasnt burned anything...however....


    The oil on the dipstick is relatively dark as to be expected but i noticed that it is reaching almost an inch up the stick itself after that. I hadnt noticed before as it is a lot clearer presumably as it is thinner. The engine was stone cold when i did the check, do you think it's been overfilled at the service or is possible that oil has contaminated the tube the dipstick goes in?

    Going by the size of the dipstick itself, its about 1litre overfilled.

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    Oil check is meant to be done when the engine is up at normal running temp and then shut off for 5mins

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.robertson2 View Post
    Oil check is meant to be done when the engine is up at normal running temp and then shut off for 5mins
    There should be a little sticker on the slam panel to confirm this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.robertson2 View Post
    Oil check is meant to be done when the engine is up at normal running temp and then shut off for 5mins
    I've checked my oil using this method, and first thing in the morning when the engine is still cold and not yet started.

    Oil level is exactly the same using either method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    I've checked my oil using this method, and first thing in the morning when the engine is still cold and not yet started.

    Oil level is exactly the same using either method.
    Quoted for truth lol, I also tried both methods with my mechanic as I wanted it checked as per the slam panel instructions, so trigs checked the level when cold, and when the engine had been shut off for a few mins whilst at running temperature.

    Levels were the same both times.

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    i have alot of oil in mine still!! and mine is a diesel

    i'd rather have too much than too little though

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    overfilling a engine with oil can damage it bud its just as bad as underfilling it

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    As chrisvectra said, over filling it is just as bad as under filling it. If it's over full, undo the sump plug a little and let a little drain out, then refill to the correct level.

    Or you can buy a pump (Click Me) with a tube that you can get down the dipstick tube and suck the excess out.

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    If the rotating crankshaft starts dipping into the sump oil due to it being way overfilled (like yours is), it can whip the oil into a foam which is then pumped around the engine. This doesn't lubricate the bearings correctly and you'll destroy the big end bearings in a short time. Overfilled oil can also lead to blown out oil seals, often in the camshaft area. My local garage just overfilled my Vectra by 1 litre and I refused to drive it until they put it back on the ramp and got the oil level correct.

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