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Old 09-03-19, 05:46 PM   #1
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Default engine oil overfill

Sorry guys. New STI owner. The dipstick on these cars have always confused me. Anyways, I topped up my oil the other day and I must have overfilled it.

I checked the following day and it looks like I am slightly above the top dot mark. After measuring it a couple of times, the oil is much more on the upper dot with some smears on the side (see pictures)

I guess the question is, is it bad running the car with a little overfill? Is this considered a lot (see attached pic)?

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Old 09-03-19, 05:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: engine oil overfill

If it smokes on a hot start, take some oil out. Otherwise, you are WAAAAYYYYY over-stressed here.
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Default Re: engine oil overfill

It looks like the links to the pics weren't included originally. Were you able to see them?

I heard these engines are a bit sensitive so I am a bit worried.
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Default Re: engine oil overfill

Mine is usually over the hot mark (notch), when cold. If I let the car sit for a few months, it'll show a quart + over the hot mark.

If it's not sloshing oil with the crank and does not puff smoke in startup, you're fine.
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Default Re: engine oil overfill

These engines are not sensitive to overfilling. At least not by a little.

These cars have horribly inaccurate dipsticks because of the angle they go into the oil and because they don't actually protrude all the way into the pan.

If you measures hot, you're a wee bit low. If you measures cold, you're a wee bit high. Either way, no cause for alarm.

If you're +1/2 quart or more... and it smokes at startup, just drain a bit out. It's not going to hurt anything unless you REALLY overfill. Some endurance guys run +1 quart on purpose with no ill effects, it's not unheard of.
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You're fine, thats nothing to worry about. Id just move on and enjoy the car.
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Default Re: engine oil overfill

I put 5 quarts in my car during oil changes and have since I've owned it for 4 years with 0 issues.

its gonna burn/leak it anyway.
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