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      12-04-2018, 11:57 AM   #1
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What kind of harm if oil level is too high?

I just came back from my getting my oil change done at my local shop and according to the idrive, it says the oil level is too high. I called and they said said to let it settle a bit and see what happens.

I've been digging the forums and I called a few dealerships to ask and I've gotten some conflicting responses.

Should I be concerned if the oil level remains too high after a day or two?
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      12-04-2018, 12:07 PM   #2
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Well if the shop either over filled the car in the first place I wouldn’t take their advice. Also since the car only reads oil lever after the oil has warmed up a bit there would be nothing left to “settle”. Just drain a little to be safe, why waste time figuring out what the risk is
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      12-04-2018, 12:34 PM   #3
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I just came back from my getting my oil change done at my local shop and according to the idrive, it says the oil level is too high. I called and they said said to let it settle a bit and see what happens.

I've been digging the forums and I called a few dealerships to ask and I've gotten some conflicting responses.

Should I be concerned if the oil level remains too high after a day or two?
why not just take it back and have them drain a little?
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      12-04-2018, 01:27 PM   #4
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OP seems like you're on the island. There are tons of reputable shops to choose from. I would go back and have them drain some out. By the dumb response of the shop, I would look elsewhere.
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      12-05-2018, 10:26 AM   #5
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OP seems like you're on the island. There are tons of reputable shops to choose from. I would go back and have them drain some out. By the dumb response of the shop, I would look elsewhere.
So I took it back and they drained the oil and then filled to 8.5 and the idrive still says the oil level is too high.

Is it possible that the sensor isn't accurate? Should I just ignore it?
Has anyone else encountered this before?
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8.5 is perfect. Wait a few days and drive like normal.
Did you measure the amount they took out?
Some dude on here had like 14 quarts of oil from an overfill. lol
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So I took it back and they drained the oil and then filled to 8.5 and the idrive still says the oil level is too high.

Is it possible that the sensor isn't accurate? Should I just ignore it?
Has anyone else encountered this before?
Whenever I top off my oil, I constantly have to refresh the BC stalk for the sensor to adjust. Try couple of times after it's fully warmed up.
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mine was like this after my last oil change.. it was ok.. how far over is yours?
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8.5 is perfect. Wait a few days and drive like normal.
Did you measure the amount they took out?
Some dude on here had like 14 quarts of oil from an overfill. lol
14!? Lol wow that’s not even KINDA close
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      12-05-2018, 11:59 AM   #10
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My worry would be they are not draining BOTH drains. The guy who had 14 qts was a case of this where the shop only drained the main sump and did not drain the front sump and added 8-9L. Making way overfilled...
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8.5 is perfect. Wait a few days and drive like normal.
Did you measure the amount they took out?
Some dude on here had like 14 quarts of oil from an overfill. lol
Unfortunately I didn't measure, but looking back I should have because this oil sensor thing is whack.
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mine was like this after my last oil change.. it was ok.. how far over is yours?
My last oil change looked like yours, but this time it looks like this on my idrive.
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      12-06-2018, 05:07 AM   #13
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mine was like this after my last oil change.. it was ok.. how far over is yours?
This is the level I prefer mine to be i.e. full but not over the top.
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      12-06-2018, 08:30 AM   #14
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mine was like this after my last oil change.. it was ok.. how far over is yours?
My last oil change looked like yours, but this time it looks like this on my idrive.
I had a "specialty" shop do it to me. I bought a siphon and pulled out about 3/4 liter from where the oil filter is. It is a cycle of pull from filter, start car, measure, stop car, pull from filter, etc. There is a dyi on here about it.

I would just do this because going back to a shop that overfills it twice in a row seems like they don't know what they are doing. Accept it , do it yourself, and just move on and take your car somewhere reputable next time.
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Also want to mention I drove about 40 miles in this status and didn't have an issue. Not the wisest thing but of course this depends if you're a bit over like I was or at 14 liters.
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My last oil change looked like yours, but this time it looks like this on my idrive.
What kind of car is this for? Because that’s not the graphic M3s have...look at the pic above
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What kind of car is this for? Because that’s not the graphic M3s have...look at the pic above
It's my m3, but the image I pulled is from google images because I'm having trouble uploading the picture I took from my phone.
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To answer your original question and title of the thread. If the oil level is high enough the spinning crank shaft will smack the oil causing foam to form. Your oil pickup tube/pump picks up this foam(which is a mixture of air and oil) causing your oil pressure to drop, which in turn starves vital components of the necessary oil they need.
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