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Can you have too much oil in your engine?


Can you have too much oil in your engine? In a word, yes. Just like having too little oil will damage your engine, having too much will also cause damage.


Engines have an oil pan at the very bottom that acts like a pool for the oil. When the engine is off, all of the oil settles into the oil pan and just sits there waiting to be pumped around the engine. While the engine is running, the oil pan still acts like a pool, but it also acts as a collection point where the oil can be sucked up by the oil pump and pumped throughout the engine. Engines are designed for a certain amount of oil to be in the oil pan and a certain amount of oil to be pumped throughout the engine.


Just like our hearts that pump blood, engines have a pump that sends the oil through the oil filter for a cleaning and then throughout the engine. People have a blood pressure and it's important for our health that our blood pressure is in check. Well, the same goes for the oil system in your engine. If there's too much oil pressure you'll have a set of problems and if there's too little oil pressure you'll have other problems. So, it's very important that you have just the right amount of engine oil.


If there was too much oil in the oil pan, then some of the moving parts of the engine will slap onto the surface of the oil several thousand times a minute causing tiny air bubbles to form in the oil. This will cause the oil pump to have a tough time pumping the oil and the oil pressure will drop, preventing the oil from properly lubricating and cooling the engine. This is a recipe for an expensive repair!


Most people know that you should check your oil at least once a month to make sure you have enough to protect your engine. But, it's also a good idea to check after each oil change to make sure you don't have too much oil. If there is too much oil in your engine, don't drive your car; rather, remove some of the excess oil. If you aren't able to, give Easy Street Oil a call to help you out- it'll be easy to help you since we're mobile.






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