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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-30-2008, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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car checkup

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Just about to do a long journey so i thought i would give the car a check over. Did all the tyre pressures, brake fluid, coolant, windscreen washer fluid and oil. Thats it all covered right?

Anyway, I accidentaly took the oil past the max mark on the dipstick - the "acceptable" range on it is about an inch and a half long and I went over by about a cm (sorry for the imperial/metric jumble, those are the most appropriate units for the respective distances!!) this shouldnt be a problem should it?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-30-2008, 05:57 PM
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Re: car checkup

A little over the line shouldn't hurt. What will probably happen is the excess will burn off (your exhaust might smoke blue for a little while). If you car already burns some oil, you probably won't notice anything.

If it is too full, the oil will tend to froth up and could cause more serious issues, but it sounds like you might only have about 1/2 a litre too much in there.

Good luck and have fun on you trip!
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-30-2008, 06:03 PM
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Re: car checkup

You got it right,but as Mark said if you over fill the oil it can go bang once the pressure gets up.Its happened to me,didnt cause any lasting issues but went all over the place and gave me abit of a fright as it exploded!
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-09-2008, 07:42 PM
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Re: car checkup

How often do you change the transmission fluid?
If you've never done it, depending on the age of the car. you do it for the 1st time at around 60K Miles and then every 30k after, or as needed.
Just looking, you're in the UK, I'm guessing you have a manual?
If so, just make sure the fluid is topped off. If you have an automatic, then make sure you change the fluid at the intervals I mentioned. (or follow the mfr's specs on that one)
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-09-2008, 08:33 PM
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Wouldn't make any difference mate,
In fact, most motocross riders (including me) run their bikes with a lot more oil than recommended, makes the clutch softer.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 07:00 AM
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Re: car checkup

Originally Posted by timi_h View Post
Did all the tyre pressures, brake fluid, coolant, windscreen washer fluid and oil. Thats it all covered right?
how about checking some real wear items:
-tyres (thread depth, even wear)
-brake pads (if over 100.000km brake rotors as well) front AND rear
-handbrake (play/functionality)
-wiper blades

Anyway, I accidentaly took the oil past the max mark on the dipstick
depends on the car, some engines are very susceptible to problems in this area. What make/model/type are you driving?
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