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    Serious oil issue - overfilled the engine

    So I check my oil maybe once a month. Checked it the other day it was like 1-2 quarts left check today bone dry... Added 7.1 quarts and now it's way over full... So confused need some help don't plan on using the car until I figure out what the heck I'm doing wrong
    For the record I changed the oil like 2500 miles ago and have the northstar v8

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    Re: HELP Serious oil issue

    any marks on the laneway? how is the coolant overfulll?

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    No serious marks that could account for that much oil loss coolant is at the full mark the engine is cold and has been cold throughout this ordeal

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    The oil is about an inch / inch an a half over the thatched section of the dipstick how much over is that? How many quarts? Enough to do damage?

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    Re: HELP Serious oil issue

    There is only about a quart difference between the top and bottom of the thatched area. If the oil shows at the very bottom of the thatch, that is a quart low. You better drain some oil before you break something.
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    Ok so I have possibly 5 quarts too much any sugguestions what to do? Should I do an emergency oil change in the driveway or can I drive less than 5 miles? Is it possible to drain some oil and close it back up or would that be insanely messy

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    So if the oil is at the very bottom of the dipstick does that mean I only lost 1 quart because that's what started this fiasco. It was at the very bottom and I thought I had lost 5+ quarts of oil so I added a big bottle

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    Just drain the excess, no need to change it, unless you're due soon anyway.

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    Re: HELP Serious oil issue

    I would drain it all out and put back in the required amount. Measure how much came out so you know what really went on.
    When and if you need to add oil just add a little at a time and recheck the dipstick allowing some time for the oil to run down into the pan.

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    Yeah I made the mistake of adding it all at once and not checking in between. So the dipstick only measures 1 quart (like between 7-8quart mark) because when I saw the oil so low on the dipstick I thought I had lost 4-6 quarts but I guess losing a quart in 2500 miles isn't the end of the world

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    Re: HELP Serious oil issue

    Northstar dipstick - pretty much the same for FWD and RWD ..............

    <=== ADD XXXXXXXXXX OPERATING RANGE =========oo==========================O
    1..........2 ...........3 ..........4 ...........5

    1. 2 quarts low
    2. ~0.5 quart low
    3. Proper level
    4. Too much oil
    5. Dangerous - oil aeration and loss of pressure.

    1 quart in 2500 miles is right smack in the middle of the GM design curve for oil consumption in a Northstar. Many CF Northstar owners would kill to get that sort of oil economy - particularly the FWD crowd.
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    Alright so I hope you guys don't tell me I just killed my engine... So I took out all the oil came out to like 13 liters. I then closed it up and put about 6/6.5 quarts in. The oil was mix of brand new oil and 2500mile oil so it was a little dirty. The oil now reads just over the thatched section of the dipstick. I plan on doing a legitamate oil change by the end of August now that I wasted 7 quarts. Well lesson learned.

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    Re: Serious oil issue - overfilled the engine

    Experience is what you have left after you've screwed up everything you own.
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    Re: Serious oil issue - overfilled the engine

    It's probably fine. These are strong engines.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Serious oil issue - overfilled the engine

    If it were 3.8 then you'll be writing another thread something like "how much is an engine" lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Warren
    If it were 3.8 then you'll be writing another thread something like "how much is an engine" lol
    Think you mean the 3.6 in which case over filling that much is preventive maintenance against chain stretch hahaha

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    Re: Serious oil issue - overfilled the engine

    No he means the Chrysler 3.8 L V6

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