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Oil Level Issue

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by SURFTACO, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Mar 1, 2010 at 11:54 AM
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    I was looking around the engine bay today and noticed oil around the oil filter (a noticeable amount). I went ahead and checked the oil level with the dipstick and it indicated above the second divot. What are your guys thoughts on this? How much of a problem is this? How much is too much oil? Thanks in advance :confused:

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  2. Mar 1, 2010 at 9:34 PM
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    What's between the filter and the motor??? Something to do with the tow package and engine oil cooler??? (my tacoma does not have the tow package) I would repair it. Probably an o-ring or something minor. It does not sound like you're down on oil though.
     
  3. Mar 2, 2010 at 6:12 AM
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    Looks like nobody wiped out the the catch basin after an oil change. When the filter is pulled off, the oil drains into that silver looking thing. On the bottom is a hole that a cup, piece of tubing etc can be used to catch the oil. there is a black cap on it by default from the dealer. Perhaps that last person to change your oil never removed that cap and just left the oil in there. A rag and a degreaser will clean that up nice. Do that, and see if more oil forms. If it does, then obivously it is a problem.
     
  4. Mar 2, 2010 at 6:16 AM
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    You're saying that your oil level is ABOVE the high mark on your dip stick, and oil appears to be seeping out around the filter? I don't know much, but I've seen/heard that too much oil is as big a problem as not enough. How much oil did you put in at your last change?

    I can't offer a solution other than to do an oil change and put in only as much oil as it needs.
     
  5. Mar 2, 2010 at 6:27 AM
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    Thanks for the insight fellas. I'm not sure how much oil was put in. I went to a good year store to get my oil changed. I am due for another oil changed. Just out of curiosity any know the max amount of quarts it can hold?
     
  6. Mar 2, 2010 at 7:02 AM
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    5.5qts

    I change my own... It's a great amount b/c I can buy a box of 6 qts, throw out 5 bottles, and have half a bottle to put behind the back seats just in case.
     
  7. Mar 2, 2010 at 7:24 AM
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    5.5 qt huh? alright thanks a lot ! I actually just talked to my mechanic; I'm going to be bringing to him later this afternoon check it out. Ill let ya guys know the outcome.
    You know, I should start doing my own oil changes: Once the cold snap is gone !
     
  8. Mar 2, 2010 at 11:01 AM
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    The catch basin was never drained from the previous oil change. All is well. thanks again
     
  9. Mar 5, 2010 at 11:32 AM
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    Yea....start changing your own, you'll probably even enjoy....i'm no mechanic but worked at a garage changing oil....much more fun when you can get the vehicle in the air tho.
     
  10. Mar 5, 2010 at 11:56 AM
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    I was thinking of starting to do my own. Thanks a lot.
     
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