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Old 02-07-2005, 05:59 PM   #1
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How bad is it to have too much oil in your motor? I recently changed my oil myself for the first time, and only about half a gallon of oil drained. I put in the recomended 4.2 quarts of oil, and now the oil level seems to be kinda high on the dipstick. The car runs and drives the same as it did before. I just don't want to keep driving like that if it's gonna hurt anything. Any input is appreciated.
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just take the oil plug out and drain a little bit, then check your dipstick again
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i over oiled a truck once and i blew the head gaskets because of too much oil pressure. i would fix it quick. im sure it would do the same in a honda.
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TO much oil is just as bad as to little oil. Having to much can cause the flow of oil to slow, hence build pressure. Building pressure in certain areas of the engine can be very damaging. If too much oil were to get between say the crank bearings, one side of the bearings will make contact with each other.

Its very important to measure teh exact or very closely to your recommended oil capacity. Also if you cant put oil ini teh Oil Filter before its screwed on you need to check the recommened capacity with the filter on.

(All Hondas to my knowledge, cant fill the oil filter and apply the filter without spilling the oil)

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you'll blow alot of smoke, and not just outta your ass either.

oh and civic's actually take 3.5 quarts, unless you got a swap.
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you'll blow alot of smoke, and not just outta your ass either.

oh and civic's actually take 3.5 quarts, unless you got a swap.
4.2-4.5 Qts in most B series engines.
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after you put oil in start the car for about ten seconds to get the oil into the filter and into the rest of the motor. turn it off and then check again. repeat this untill you get the right amount of oil. depending on how over full it is it could almost be worse than low oil
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4.2-4.5 Qts in most B series engines.
4.2 for non-vtec b18's, and 4.8 for dohc vtec, that's going by honda's chart at work.

and 3.5 for 92 and newer sohc civic's.
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4.2 for non-vtec b18's, and 4.8 for dohc vtec, that's going by honda's chart at work.

and 3.5 for 92 and newer sohc civic's.
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Ya your right about 4.8 too. I meant to add that.
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4.2 for non-vtec b18's, and 4.8 for dohc vtec, that's going by honda's chart at work.

and 3.5 for 92 and newer sohc civic's.
Outta my Honda Civic & CR-V/Acura Integra - anywhere from 1994 to 2000 Haynes Repair Manual...

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B16A2............ 4.2 quarts

The largest engine oil capacity is 4.2 quarts. The B18B1 is 4 quarts and the B18C1 and C5 is 4.2. That's where I got my info from.
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Outta my Honda Civic & CR-V/Acura Integra - anywhere from 1994 to 2000 Haynes Repair Manual...

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B16A2............ 4.2 quarts

The largest engine oil capacity is 4.2 quarts. The B18B1 is 4 quarts and the B18C1 and C5 is 4.2. That's where I got my info from.
i do this s*** for a living, just trust me, i know i'm right.

A.K.A haynes doesn't know s*** compared to honda, or it's trained employee's, lol.

OH and YEA i get a gold star, lol.
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i do this s*** for a living, just trust me, i know i'm right.

A.K.A haynes doesn't know s*** compared to honda, or it's trained employee's, lol.
Yea... After I posted I figured Honda would know their engines better than Haynes. Ah well... It's actually been about two weeks since I changed the oil. Do you think if something was gonna happen, it would've happened by now?
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it might hurt the PCV system, might, but not sure, just check you intake plenum, or rather throttle body, if you see no oil going back in then your ok, but you should drain and refill teh correct amount.
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i agree. instead of waiting for something to happen. do us all a fovor drain some oil. i dont want to hear another "oh crap my cars broke".
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you'll blow alot of smoke, and not just outta your ass either.

oh and civic's actually take 3.5 quarts, unless you got a swap.

i'm assuming these are all figures based on changing the filter as well, correct? (not that i know anyone who wouldn't take the 3 minutes to change the filter, if changing the oil... but)
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