Too much oil!

Discussion in 'Oil' started by TQuentin1, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    OK, Folks. Let's say you are checking your oil, it is low so you add some. Then you find that you have over filled the reservoir. Now what? Do you try loosening the drain plug and letting some out? Messy. Do you just forget about it? NO!! Read all the warnings again about not over filling.

    So what to do?

    Well here is an idea. Get yourself about 39" of clear plastic tubing of at least 3/16" ID (1/4" is better) and an empty clear container like an old water bottle. Poke the tubing way down in the reservoir through the dipstick hole until you feel the tubing bottom out. CAREFULLY suck on the other end of the tubing until the oil rises up in the tubing until it is about 3 inches from your lips. Put your finger over the end of the tubing and carefully draw the other end out of the reservoir and empty the oil from the tubing into the water bottle. It helps to wipe the tubing with a rag or paper towels as you draw it out of the dipstick hole so you don't get oil everywhere. Repeat until the oil is down to the right level.

    For those who like this stuff:

    Tubing volume = 3.14159 x (tubing ID/2)^2 x length

    So for a 36" length (where the oil is) of 3/16" ID tubing, each fill is about 1/2 oz.

    1/4" tubing is 1 oz. per fill.

    Have fun!

    Moral of the story: don't overfill!!

    Last edited: Apr 10, 2011
  2. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

    I'm sure this works, but I find it much easier to keep a supply of irrigation syringes from the drug store. They are plastic and cost about $1.60. Just hook the clear tubing to the end and draw away.
  3. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Being that i do not like the taste of engine oil i use a large syringe with some plastic tube stuck on the end

  4. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

  5. R_W_B

    R_W_B Senior Member

  6. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Indeed it is just need a longer hose and measure what you take out:s
  7. sharpscuba

    sharpscuba Banned

    I would use the wife's turkey baster.
  8. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    OH OH that already got me in trouble once but they do work good, makes the chicken taste good too:taunt
  9. geezer

    geezer Senior Member Contributor

    That could be dangerous. :D
  10. 09RKC

    09RKC Member

    I used a kerosene siphon. $2-3 at hardware store. Already has the tubing attached to a squeeze bulb.