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Oil over full

01.5 Truck is basically stock, except exhaust (as in signature). I discovered the oil level was over full. No sign of milkiness. No oil in coolant. WTF??

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Yes, really 10 years old & only 55,000 miles. (I never planned on getting sick but there it is.)


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hmm...smell like diesel fuel at all? and was it hot or cold when you checked it

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Was it inadvertlly overfilled. 11 quarts is normal. Dipstick tube is sometimes out of position.
does oil smell of fuel. Is engine missing or knocking or blowing white smoke???/

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The engine was cold when I checked it initially. I checked it a couple more times with same result.
Truck seems to run totally normally.
It might have been overfilled as I had it done & don't remember checking it after. (Breaking my own rules, to check oil after changes & check under truck. But I just don't recall.) It didn't smell like diesel to me but that is what I'm concerned about, I guess.

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well if it doesnt smell like diesel and the oil isnt milky and you havent checked the oil since it was changed last my guess would be that it was just over filled when the oil was changed.

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Another way to check for diesel contamination in your oil is to drop a few drops on a piece of paper. If there's diesel in the oil, there will be a wet halo on the paper around the oil. No halo, you're good. The reason this works is because the thinner diesel will wick through the paper quicker than the heavier oil.

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Thanks sandman, I'll check it out.

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Yer welcome! If you're not sure what you're looking for, put a drop of clean oil on the paper and put a drop of diesel next to it, then you'll see what you're looking for. Heck, you could even put a drop of diesel down with oil on top to see the halo effect.

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yea i'd say it got overfilled...
definitely do the paper test as sandman was suggesting it sounds easily enough done

by the way.. what exactly can happen if an engine is run slightly overfilled with oil for too long?
i know obviously way overfilled isn't an option but slightly over doesnt seem like itd be a huge problem (not that you want it that way) or am i wrong

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yea i'd say it got overfilled...
definitely do the paper test as sandman was suggesting it sounds easily enough done

by the way.. what exactly can happen if an engine is run slightly overfilled with oil for too long?
i know obviously way overfilled isn't an option but slightly over doesnt seem like itd be a huge problem (not that you want it that way) or am i wrong
I accidentally overfilled mine a lil and was wondering the same thing? Should I just try and drain some out?

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A quart or so over isn't going to kill anything but way too much and you'll pop your main seals. Last time I got an oil change it took all 12 litres without a problem. Yes, 11 litres is what it's supposed to take. Saying that, I did go home and change out the Frantz filter which will eat almost a quart right there.

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01.5 Truck is basically stock, except exhaust (as in signature). I discovered the oil level was over full. No sign of milkiness. No oil in coolant. WTF??

Where should I look?

Yes, really 10 years old & only 55,000 miles. (I never planned on getting sick but there it is.)
If you are really concerned, you could send a sample in for analysis. That will tell you what, if anything, is wrong.

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