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Too much oil?

Following the manual instructions, I checked my oil while my car was on and after it had warmed up. The oil is way above the max level on the dip stick. Should I be concerned? It also seems to be idleing fast.


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Yes. You need to either have some oil sucked out of the oil tank, or else have the oil changed. Excess oil gets sucked into the intake, and I have heard of mass-airflow sensors getting nuked by it.


Who did the last oil change? Dry sump lubrication systems, like the one the Maserati has, are new to most mechanics and all oil change jockeys so they don't know how to properly fill and check levels on them.
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Sioux - engine running, warmed up for about 5 minutes & on level ground. If you're significantly high on the dipstick, I'd have some oil drained as soon as you can. Too much oil can certainly cause issues on any car so don't drive the car hard at all. If you get one of these you can suck some of the oil out yourself; otherwise take it to whomever did your last change and take the issue up with them. Good luck!

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The excess oil could cause engine damage and this situation should be addressed asap. I wonder how it occurred. It's pretty straight forward to put in the correct amount of oil and seems unusual to get it wrong. I consider the possibility that the filter change was neglected which would result in too much oil if the "correct" amount was put in. The filter holds about a quart. If it were me, I would get another oil change for the peace of mind that all is correct.
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If the oil level is at such a level which may cause some serious damage, you will probably notice some white smoke coming from the exhaust, also, if your car has an oil pressure and/or level gauge, you will see it running very high even when warmed up. I would use an extractor pump and suck some out through the dip stick tube. The worse case scenario of an oil overfill will result in compression leaks, blown gaskets, and over-compression of the combustion chamber. Essentially, you may have an engine rebuild. Just make sure you are wiping the dip-stick properly before checking, sometimes the dip-stick picks up oil from the tube its-self if some was deposited there during filling or checking.
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Thanks for your help. I'm going to take it in tomorrow to have it looked at. I hope it hasn't caused a major problem or I will have to sell. Just can't handle the expense any more :(


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Perhaps if it has caused a major problem you need to have the issue documented and SUE the party that ruined your car, rather than pass the problem along to someone else.

Who did the oil change ?
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The oil change was done by Maserati of Baltimore.


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The oil change was done by Maserati of Baltimore.
I thought they closed neatly a year ago

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I thought they closed neatly a year ago
Wasn't it damage from the big snow storm last winter? I think they moved what was left of the biz to Maserati of Washington. I used to love the fact that the acronym for Maserati of Baltimore was the MOB.

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MOB...yeah never thought of it that way. The building they were in was condemed because the roof was unsafe after the snow storm so they are no longer there but I think they were owned by Maser of DC.


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my point was that you have been driving with too much oil for a long time if it's a result of that oil change.

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I'm fairly certain they closed in February. I'm taking my car in today and hope it's nothing major. Thank you for all your help.


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Good Luck!!!

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Wow, how often do you check your oil? Is there a possibility that your mis-reading the level? Too much oil is definitely harmful, but usually burns off relatively quickly. So, if the oil change was from last winter, I'm surprised that your still WAY over the max mark.
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