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    Default what happens if oil is overserviced?

    Just wondering what damage would be caused by over fillinf say by 1/2 quart of oil?

    Wise guy

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    Hi Wise Guy,

    The oil level should be kept no higher than the MAX mark on the dipstick; if there is too much oil in the pan and the crank throws contact it as it rotates, the oil will be whipped up and become frothy, which wouldn't be good for the surfaces it's supposed to lubricate. Hydraulic lifters might not work properly either. 1/2 quart probably isn't going to be a problem, but it depends on the capacity and design of the oil pan (I even hesitate saying that because I really have no way of knowing).

    I saw in your original post in the General DIY chat forum that the level is two inches over the mark. To me, that would indicate much more than 1/2 quart. I think I'd pull the drain plug and let some out just to be safe.

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    That has been taken care of....Thanks for your answer.

    Wise Guy

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