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How much is too much?

When it comes to Engine oil everyone Knows it is VERY BAD to drive around with low oil. But, how bad is it if there is too much oil in your engine. It does not take a rocket scientes to figure out what happens when you run low on oil, but what is the ill effect of having too much in there? If any?
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Re: How much is too much?

My guess is that when overfilled, the crank swings into the oil and does two things. It splashes more oil on to the cylinder walls than the rings can control. It foams the oil and the oil system gets filled with air bubbles.
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Re: How much is too much?

If you put too much oil in, just pull your dip stick and wipe the oil off the end, repeat this until the oils level drops to the desired amount.............
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Re: How much is too much?

I've heard that too much oil can blow out your seals.
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Re: How much is too much?

1. Too much and you could reverse hydrolock. The oil could keep the listons from coming down all the way...of course you'd have to put a lot of oil in for that.

2. Pressure buildup.

3. No room for the crank to spin well. (Windage problem)

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Re: How much is too much?

Those reasons make a lot of sence. One of the reasons that I posted this question, along with the fact that I have always wondered, was because the 88 Waggie that I got not too long ago for a winter vehical does not have a dipstick. It has been broken off by a PO. I am in the process of trying to get a new one on the motor, but I just haven't had the time. I am hoping this weekend will be my chacne. I am not looking forward to it, they are in a tough spot to work on with the motor in the truck. Anyway so as you can guess I have no way of knowing how much oil is in the Waggie. And at the rate that is goes through trannie fluid, I am lead to believe that it also goes throug oil in the way of leaking. Are there any ways of telling if the motor is low on oil without a dipstick? Like I said this is only temp, and I hope to install a new Dipstick soon. Until then I have just been adding a little bit of oil every time I add Trannie fluid. The Trannie pan and seal are also on the list of things to do... It's getting there.
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