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      03-31-2011, 12:04 AM   #1
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Another overfill after oil change

So for my last 4 oil change(include the break in service) 3 of them were overfilled. One 1 out of the 4 dealerships did that oil change right. I start to think now it is more of a problem from BMW otherwise how can their tech doing this wrong at the rate of 75%. Just seems amazing to me that this car is out for 4 years now and still is this so difficult to make a simple oil change correct? Sigh!
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      03-31-2011, 10:22 AM   #2
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i had an overfill once too. I think it's b/c they don't fully drain the oil, then add the max allowable.
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I had an overfill when they forgot (didn't know) to drain the filter plug/sump and then stuck in 9L. It took 3 attempts to get right.
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I think it's b/c they don't fully drain the oil, then add the max allowable.
Bingo. Problem is with a sensor, the level can be a hair above full or quite a bit; you never know, so it's better to bring it down by draining front sump and top level off carefully. I like to have it full to monitor oil consumption, which is quite easy once you understand how the sensor works and how to check level consistently. A lot of times level is fine, but people rely on the reading the car throws, rather than checking level properly, thinking sensor is wrong or inconsistent, when it's them . Good day.
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I am still debating if I should re-visit the service department. One of the overfill I had in the past, I took the car back immediately and came out to be under-fill which I had to add 1L by myself. I used to live nearly 1 hour of driving from the dealership I go, so I sucked up and used one bottle of my own purchased oil.
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I am still debating if I should re-visit the service department.
Just DIY man. Start by checking the oil level properly, by doing a manual reset in your garage with engine idling and fully hot (drive for at least 10 miles), and go from there. My guess is you're just a bit above full, if at all, so not worth the trouble for 1L of oil ($12) or less. And always use the same spot from now on; DO NOT rely on the dash reading as a true measure; it's only a ball park, like measuring your tire pressures when hot (it's not accurate). Good luck.
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I am still debating if I should re-visit the service department.
Just DIY man. Start by checking the oil level properly, by doing a manual reset in your garage with engine idling and fully hot (drive for at least 10 miles), and go from there. My guess is you're just a bit above full, if at all, so not worth the trouble for 1L of oil ($12) or less. And always use the same spot from now on; DO NOT rely on the dash reading as a true measure; it's only a ball park, like measuring your tire pressures when hot (it's not accurate). Good luck.
I would do my oil change if I have the place. Currently I am away from my place and will remain this for likely the next 12-18 months. I really miss my own garage with all the things I can play with around my cars. Sigh.
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After my last visit to the dealer for a check, they add 1 ltr. of oil to the engine according to the bill. and now the dash it marks MAX level.
does having the oil at maximum level can cause any damage to the engine?
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I had an overfill when they forgot (didn't know) to drain the filter plug/sump and then stuck in 9L. It took 3 attempts to get right.
Same...and then they gave it back to me 1 notch above minimum. I bought a quart of oil and keep it in the trunk...just in case.
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