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      04-17-2011, 10:52 AM   #1
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Help - too much oil

6,000 miles after an oil change, I drove down to Savannah for the weekend. Once I got there the car protested: "oil below minimum level, add at least 1 qt." Like a fool, I added 2 qts, thinking minimum meant truly minimum instead of the typical Teutonic low fault tolerance. So now the car says too much oil, it's Sunday (the local dealer is closed), the open technician didn't have the tool to drain it, and I have to drive 240 miles home. I shudder at the thought of ruining the engine and BMWNA making me foot the bill. Any suggestions?
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      04-17-2011, 10:59 AM   #2
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I was under the impression driving the car with too much oil is worse than driving it when it was a little low. If it were me, I would stay put until someone could correct it or find a DIY here and do it yourself.

Maybe you would be fine but why risk a VERY expensive problem.

P.S. I always thought the warning message was to "add 1 qt" and not to "add at least 1 qt". I'm pretty sure the manual and the message tells you to only add a quart. Anyway, it is what it is now, I would not drive 240 miles on it though if it were me.
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      04-17-2011, 11:18 AM   #3
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Don´t drive it like that... drain it. And next time if in doubt call the dealer or BMW assistance they will tell you.
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      04-17-2011, 11:22 AM   #4
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I'll take some of it...

Seriously though, you can just get a tube or something from a hardware store or grocery, and syphen out some of the oil back into the bottle it came out of. That way you know how much you a re taking out.

Good luck

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      04-17-2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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I also thought that it was empty...but the engine temp wasnt boiling hot. So I only put one in and then it said MAX...
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      04-17-2011, 02:47 PM   #6
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Drain the front sump on the engine, it holds about 0.5-0.75 Qts. if the car still shows overfull drain it once more and should be OK.

Don't worry, driving conservatively with the engine 1 Quart over full will not do any damage.
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Drain the front sump on the engine, it holds about 0.5-0.75 Qts. if the car still shows overfull drain it once more and should be OK.

Don't worry, driving conservatively with the engine 1 Quart over full will not do any damage.



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      04-17-2011, 06:00 PM   #8
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i fucking hate the oil system on this car!!!!!!!!
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      04-18-2011, 08:02 AM   #9
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Thanks for the advice. I opted for discretion, and tried to siphon some oil out to no avail. So next I drove around town yesterday below 4k rpm looking for someone who could service it. The drain plug flummoxed all the service stores, so I had BMW roadside assist tow it to the dealer, who is currently changing the oil. Now I have to hotfoot it up I-95 to Bragg in time for work, so wish me luck!
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Made my oil change today and filled 8,5L through the engine, round about 0,4L in the oil filter housing. A few hours later it says "over max, maybe too much oil" ... :/

Oil was at 75°C while drained out, i´ve waited until the last drop came out... what do you think? dangerous to drive? The problem is, tomorrow i´ll join a 1/4 mls race...
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Drain the sump. The front most drain. Or, open the filter housing and remove the residual oil in there.
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      07-12-2014, 05:08 PM   #12
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What will likely happen is your oil temps will run higher unless you poured a ridiculous amount.
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I have drained both front and rear sumps and always filled with 9l of oil and never had an issue with overfill. Since my oil change - 5k km now - I have topped up twice with a litre each. That's been like that between my oil changes. May be the shorter running I do is causing this excessive oil consumption.
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All you need is an Alan wrench to drain front sump. All stores didn't carry Alan Keyes? Also 1 quart over is no biggie. Let's say you have exactly right oil level. When you redline the car,the oil llevel in sump will fly. A wuart over driven conservatively will be less oil spray. Easy way is to check pcv hose attached to intake elbow. If you really overfilled it would have oil in it feeding though intake. If its dry than you had no oil doing anything abnormal
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nice 3 year bump.
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What will likely happen is your oil temps will run higher unless you poured a ridiculous amount.
As you said, oil temp. was very high at my last track event, close to 300. Probably 280 or so. Oil level was at max. when it says OK. Before the supercharger my oil temp was at 255 at the same track in similar conditions. This high oil temp. bothers me now, because i also have M24 oil cooler installed. Does anyone think if i run with less amount of oil it will reduce oil temp.? Is it ok to drive aggresively at the track with oil level set to half mark or 3/4?
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Drain the sump. The front most drain. Or, open the filter housing and remove the residual oil in there.
What a mess.. i removed the filter housing and sucked more than 1L out.. dirty blow job .. :roll eyes:

After 2 short runs the car said oil level is ok. i called bmw in munich to be safe, they told me, there are different oil sumps used for the e92 m3. My 2009 got 2 drain screws and i just opened one of them.
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