Rumors since I was a teenager suggest that overfilling an engine with oil
may somehow damage it. The vehicle in this case is a 1986 Camaro Z28 with
Mobile 1 oil so light in color it is hard to read on the dipstick. What is
the real story here? I suspect that it may have something to do with the
engine throwing out oil in quantity leaving too little for safe operation.
Since I have an analog oil pressure gauge, that would be apparent
immediately. Thanks for all responses!
This wouldn't apply to a dry sump type system... as the oil is all
scavenged from the oil pan out into a separate storage.
In other engines, the crankshaft is setting right above the
oil laying in the oil pan. With too much oil, the crank
acts just like an egg beater and whips the oil into a froth.
Now you don't have oil any more, you have oil froth which
does a lousy job of lubricating.
I'll bet the Slant Six ran forever afterwards.
1000 years ago, when I worked in a gas station/towing operation, we used to try
different ways of blowing up engines on wrecks that got towed in. Buy the VHS
video, features such old favorites as:
Brick on the gas pedal.
Above plus slit lower hose and drain out coolant first.
Above plus drain out engine oil.
Above plus then add water to crankcase.
We had a Duster that took two weekends to blow up. One Ford Granada, with a
straight Six, took an hour to blow AFTER it had a softball-sized hole in the
block. You could hear that engine screaming in pain a block away.
Damn, what fun.
Hey, don't point fingers. Some kids tortured animals (yecch).
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