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    too much oil?

    hi guys,
    just got my 01 wrx back the gearbox shopafter getting my tranny rebuilt for a 3rd time (but thats another story) and its working fine now.
    how ever when i was doing my regular fluid check after getting it back for the first time i went to check my engine oil dipstick and the oil was reading almost twice the full marker and it was dripping off the dipstick. my mechanic is about a 10min drive from home. how much damage can i do in that short time or should i just fork out for a tow?
    i'll add i do not have the tools or space to drain the oil myself as i live on a steep hill in an apartment.
    thanks

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    i'll add it leaks about a teaspoon after a drive

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    Too much oil isn't going to hurt things. Look at it as too much of a good thing.

    The real question is why?
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    Too much oil can cause excessively high oil pressure and damage seals by the oil being forced out of them at high pressure. Also the excess oil can be forced directly into the PCV system. Half a quart isn't a big deal but any more I would drain out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey View Post
    Too much oil can cause excessively high oil pressure and damage seals by the oil being forced out of them at high pressure. Also the excess oil can be forced directly into the PCV system. Half a quart isn't a big deal but any more I would drain out.
    Yep, I've heard that one before by some other knowledgeable people, +1 to donkey.

    Fine for a 10 minute ride to the mechanic - just don't run it hard. Might want to make sure you get some other opinions on it though, I'm no mechanic.
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    Heyy. Honestly it depends. But in my case I had too much oil in my sti for 50 miles. And running hard. Next day had a rod knock and Turbo was making a zipping noise when let off boost. Soo it probably destroyed my seals seized the Turbo put metal in the engine cracked my pistons n it was bye bye. So I wouldn't risk it. I just paid 15 k to Subaru 2400 of that was labor. Be careful.

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    thanks for the help guys, got it to my mechanic about 20mins ago and they drained it right out and refilled with fresh oil, he said it was way over the limit so that was alarming but no damage done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01wrx View Post
    thanks for the help guys, got it to my mechanic about 20mins ago and they drained it right out and refilled with fresh oil, he said it was way over the limit so that was alarming but no damage done.
    Good to hear it sorted out okay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01wrx View Post
    i'll add i do not have space to drain the oil myself as i live on a steep hill in an apartment.
    thanks
    That's the best situation for it right there!

    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    Too much oil isn't going to hurt things. Look at it as too much of a good thing.

    The real question is why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey View Post
    Too much oil can cause excessively high oil pressure and damage seals by the oil being forced out of them at high pressure. Also the excess oil can be forced directly into the PCV system. Half a quart isn't a big deal but any more I would drain out.
    Thank you.

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