If it's "way up on the stick," it's more than 1/2 quart high. Think about
it this way, usually the "add" line is 1 quart low. Now, using that
distance as a reference, you should be able to have an idea about how much
too much oil is in the thing.
If it's indeed 1/2 quart, I wouldn't be concerned. If it's more than that,
you have a problem. If the oil is high enough for the crankshaft to hit it,
it will be whipped to a froth soon and lose its lubricating qualities. By
the way, it's really the greasemonkey's responsibility to fix.
I almost made a retort to the "grease monkey" term.... and then, after a
small amount of thought, I had to agree with the term. A conscientious tech
will add a known amount of oil to the crankcase (if he is familiar with the
level, the reuslt will be in the hash marks) and then check the level. The
motor gets started and checked for leaks at the drain plug and filter AFTER
the tech observes the oil pressure gauge response. Shut the engine down and
allow it to hot soak for a few moments and recheck the oil level - add if
I don't care if it's a "Kwikee Loob", independent shop or dealership, even
small details should receive their fair share of attention.
The oil overfull is the small part of the equation.... that the service
giver has changed oil and NOT checked the level is unforgiveable....
It's about the same as a doctor giving a heart transplant and not checking
blood pressure afterwards....
They don't. They get a nurse to do it for them. In turn, the nurse gets a
nurse's assistant to do it for them.... unless you're still in the ICU. Then a
machine connected directly into an artery does it. <G>
A conscientious tech would drain the old oil first. I think they got the
quickie lube double the oil special.
The tech never drained the oil before filling it up.
But he should have know this when he checked the oil afterwards.
Thanks for all the replies. I took it back to the "Grease Monkey" this
morning. He changed the filter and let some of the oil run out.
It is now at the correct level.
It is kinda weird though, this morning the dipstick was showing much
more than an extra quart on the stick. Should have been 1/2 quart but
it was much more than that. Hmmmm...anyway, thanks to all that posted.
Time to change service stations. Seriously...
If he replaced the filter, that would account for something like 3/4 to 1
quart by itself. Then, if he had to "let some of the oil run out," that
would mean that the car was probably a couple quarts overfull. Frankly,
it's impossible to miss that if you simply pull the dipstick out and check
the level after you change the oil.
I recently had a friend lose the engine on a Toyota because the shop didn't
put enough oil in. Then they refused to admit their mistake. It was pretty
much impossible to pin on them, so not even a lawsuit will help my friend
Let me add that I have learned to ALWAYS check both the oil level, and the
filter after someone changes the oil if I don't do it myself. I've
personally had cars come out from service and be 2 quarts low, and another
with two quarts over. I've even had them come out with the wrong oil
filter. Checking it yourself before you leave the lot will save a lot of
Oh, and to Jim, I only used the term greasemonkey because that's what this
guy is. I have the utmost respect for techs and even shadetree mechanics
who act responsibly. No offense was intended.
Now keep an eye on it.. if it seems to gain oil again, the grease monkey is
REALLY a poor one because he should have noticed the coolant in the oil.
ANd you have to decide whether to scrap the car or rebuild the 3.8 L engine
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
One thing you need to watch when checking the oil in some
Fords is not to pay any attention to the oil level the first
time you pull the dipstick. The rubber stopper that does
such a good job of preventing blowby out the dipstick tube
can also cause an air lock in the tube if the oil is up to
the hole in the dipstick tube down in the block. As the
engine cools, vacuum may develop pulling oil into the tube
resulting in an apparent high oil level. If you wipe the
dipstick and reinsert it, many times, you will find a
different oil level indicated. The only way around this is
to pull the dipstick, wipe it and reinsert for a good
reading. I got embarrased on this a few years ago an a new
Taurus. I took it back to the dealer and they checked the
oil in the checkin lane. Oil level was dead on. I was then
instructed in this little feature. Checked it again next
morning and found high oil level. Wiped and reinserted to
find oil level dead on.
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