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Old 11-27-2001, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default Dealership screwed up oil change?

Ok well you might have read in other posts that I been messing around changing my trans fluid,...put in the reccomended 3.7 quarts of oil,..checked the dipstick and it was like an inch over full,...so I drained it and fxed the fluid level.

That got me thinking,...when the dealership changed my oil they put in 4.8 quarts...could it be over filled? Checked the dipstick and its like 2 inches OVER the full mark,...car has 7k miles on it...they changed it at 1k and again at 4.5k both times putting in 4.8 quarts (i know Im dumb and should have checked the dipstick after each change)...

My question is, if the oil level is 2 inches above full do you think it might have done any damage in the 6000 miles I drove it? i.e. damaged some seals and gaskets? Im going to the dealership bright and early tommorow and have them fix their mistake.

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Old 11-27-2001, 08:58 PM   #2
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My question is why did you go 6,000 miles before changin oil on a Turbo car?

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But no, it won't do any damage. Subaru dipsticks are nototious for being wrong. do your own oilchange and get a baseline on the dipstick so you know for future reference
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Old 11-27-2001, 09:02 PM   #3
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i didnt go 6k miles before =\...they changed it at 1k miles and 4.5k miles,...it was 6k before I changed the dipstick =\
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Old 11-27-2001, 09:11 PM   #4
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If the oil is way overfilled, then the crank might catch some of it and whip it up into foam, which is bad. It might not be very bad if the oil is only overfilled by half a quart or so. Check your oil level again in the morning. Look at both sides of the dipstick and take the side that shows a lower reading.

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Old 11-27-2001, 09:21 PM   #5
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if it whips it up into foam what dmg does it do? how can I tell if this has happened?
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Old 11-28-2001, 03:42 AM   #6
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Foam can do a lot of damages to moving parts since foam doesn't lubricate as well as oil. With oil, you get a continuous thin film of oil between moving parts. With foam, you get a thin film of lubrication that's made up of part oil, part air bubbles. Therefore, you will get metal to metal contact where there are air bubbles. You might not notice the damages right away, but they will show up several thousand miles down the road. Plus, an oil pump is designed to pump oil, not foam.

Like I said before, overfilling by half a quart might not be that bad (don't quote me on this). Nevertheless, I would drain out the excess oil just to be safe. On a V engine or an inline engine, the crank sits low and right above the oil pan, so overfilling the oil in those engines is more detrimental.

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Old 11-28-2001, 04:37 AM   #7
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i thought it was 5 quarts
to put in

got mines done at Sparkles
they use Castrol GTX

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Old 11-28-2001, 10:16 AM   #8
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Well brought it to the dealer this morning,....they pumped out the extra oil,...I saw what they pumped out looked like somewhere between 0.75 - 1.25 quarts. Is that enough to do any damage?

The engine sounds much better now tho that could be in my head

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Old 11-28-2001, 12:28 PM   #9
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Doesn't the manual call for 4.8 quarts of motor oil in the WRX? If that is the case, and assuming that's what the dealership put in, you should be fine. In fact, if they drained it so that the dipstick would read full you may be LOW on oil! I agree with the last part of Imprezinator's post - you should do an oil change yourself, to be sure the right amount of oil is put in, and get a baseline on your dipstick. Oil changes are super easy on Subaru engines!
I have read on other threads that the dipsticks are inconsistent and sometimes inaccurate. Mine reads right at the full mark on level ground but that doesn't mean yours does!
My Honda Civic's dipstick would read about an inch above full with the recommended amount of oil. I put 60K on that engine and then sold it to my sister. It has 70K on it now and runs as tight as it did when brand new.
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Old 11-28-2001, 12:29 PM   #10
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SammyDFG, you might want to check your owner's manual. On MY00 2.5RS, it's only 4.2 quarts.

XBD, you should be OK as long as you did not drive your car very far with the excess oil. Make sure the dealer enter your complaint about the excess oil into their computer. This way, you have something to back you up just in case problems arise in the future.

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Old 11-28-2001, 12:37 PM   #11
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One important aspect of oil level changing is check them when they're cold, since after operation the level might not be correct. Overfill oil lwill definitely affect the seals around the block.
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Old 11-28-2001, 01:56 PM   #12
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Read my first post =( I drove the car around for like 2000-2500 miles at least with it like that =\

Anyway to tell if there is dmg? oil level seems fine, havent noticed any smoke pouring out the back, havent seen any antifreeze in the oil or oil in the antifreeze...


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Old 11-28-2001, 03:38 PM   #13
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it is 4.8 quarts. I changed the oil twice already.
I say change your own oil, you really don't need to jack the car up to change it. The oil filter and the oil drain plug can be reached when you lay on the ground. It is within reaching distance.
I haven't changed my rear diff oil yet, but I heard it can be changed without jacking up the car as well. So convenient
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Old 11-28-2001, 04:54 PM   #14
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after reading jk147


last post, all the people who lowered there car go "DOH"
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