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  • General stupid question..oil level

    Okay, don't laugh.
    I just changed the oil in my "other car". I added 5 quarts of oil, 4 for the crankcase, one for the filter...per the book.

    But the oil level is about 1/4 inch above the "fill" line.
    Is that okay?
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  • #2
    You will only have problems if the crankshaft hits the oil. I would think that you would be safe at that level when it is running. The oil level will drop some as it is circulated and clings to engine surfaces.
    If the crank is constantly hitting the oil it might foam it and cause aireation which could concieveably damage bearings.
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    • #3
      Most modern filters don't hold a pint of oil, your owners manual should tell you how much is needed.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jallen View Post
        Most modern filters don't hold a pint of oil, your owners manual should tell you how much is needed.
        No owners manual, it's a custom with a ancient (early 60s) engine. I got the 1 quart for the filter from a website dedicated to the engine.
        63 Avanti R1 2788
        1914 Stutz Bearcat
        (George Barris replica)

        Washington State

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        • #5
          If you don't feel safe-just drain the 1/4" off or out.
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          • #6
            It's not uncommon to see dipsticks not marked quite accurately. If you added the amount of oil the engine calls for, the dipstick is nothing more than a general guide.
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            • #7
              also, you can tell me to shut up if I am insulting your intelligence, but if you did not start the engine before checking the oil the filter will not be full.

              With engines with a base-up filter (SBC, full flow Stude) I like to fill the filter can with oil *before* installing to allow for immediate pressure to the bearings after an oil change.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by N8N View Post
                also, you can tell me to shut up if I am insulting your intelligence, but if you did not start the engine before checking the oil the filter will not be full.
                nate
                Don't worry, when it comes to mechanics, its VERY hard to insult my intelligence.
                I take nothing for granted.
                To answer your question, no I did not start it, that's why I posted the question better to ask before doing anything stupid...like starting the car with too much oil.

                I did crank the engine with the ignition off, to help distribute the oil.
                63 Avanti R1 2788
                1914 Stutz Bearcat
                (George Barris replica)

                Washington State

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                • #9
                  Start the engine, warm it up, then check it again.
                  Neil Thornton

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                  • #10
                    I started it, now the dipstick says oil is slightly low. Live and learn.

                    Everyone, thanks for your suggestions....
                    Last edited by JBOYLE; 01-23-2011, 05:52 PM.
                    63 Avanti R1 2788
                    1914 Stutz Bearcat
                    (George Barris replica)

                    Washington State

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