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Hi all,

We picked up our new '07 2.4L Camry this last Wednesday. I checked fluids last night and found the oil was way above the full mark. The Owner's Manual says not to overfill. I'm thinking I should drain some out tonight.

My guess is that they overfill so that if oil is used during break-in, it will still be OK by the first oil change. But overfilling is not a good thing, they even say that in their manual.

Thanks much for any comments,
Dan
 

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I wouldn't touch the oil level!! I would take it back to the dealership and address it with them, that way if something is F-ed up, you're not at a loss by not being able to prove it and it's documented with the service department. Just my 0.02
 

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Not knowing your mechanical ability, did you check your oil under the proper codnitions?

-The car should be parked on a level, flat surface.
-was the car running or did you shut it off and immediately check the oil. Oil needs a few mins to settle.

Are these valid questions? I'm no mechanic, but there certain ways of doing things. I knew of someone who had an older Ford Escort and when the oil light came on (meaning low oil pressure), he thought he had to add oil!! He ended up drowning the motor and it stopped running.

If it is "WAY" over the safe zone on the stick, then call the dealer for a consult, see what they say and then let them remedy the problem. Like 07XLE said, don't take any chances , let the dealer take care of it.
 

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07XLE said:
I wouldn't touch the oil level!! I would take it back to the dealership and address it with them, that way if something is F-ed up, you're not at a loss by not being able to prove it and it's documented with the service department. Just my 0.02

Agreed. This is good advice. Get it documented with your dealership.

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Did you wipe the dipstick off then re-insert it to check the actual level so you know it wasnt just splashed up on the dipstick?
 

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I'd drain it out myself right away. Mistakes are made, and some techs are just indifferent idiots. Overfilling is never good, i've seen it many times on other peoples repairs at work. I drain out the excess.
Overfilling can cause your oil rings (on piston) to overload, burn oil on them and stick. It can also blow seals on some engines. Since you caught it so fast, i would'nt worry about any damage, but like 07XLE said you never know. It not likely theres been damage to the engine but it is possible.
Its also possible the wrong dipstick or dipstick tube was installed on the engine and the reading is wrong. The way you'd know is to drain it and refill with the specified amount of oil.
 

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I think I may have panicked when I saw it over the "full" dot, It was dark and that narrow dipstick is hard to read, especially with brand new, clean oil. I checked it again last night. It looks like this (the first circle is the "low level", the second circle is the "full level", the "I" is where the oil level was):

............O..........................O.....I


I probably should have taken a picture, I'm not really sure the above is what I saw.

07XLE, Mike Gerber:
I can't really get to the dealer 'till the weekend. I called and described how overfull it was. I talked to two people (service manager and a tech) and both said no problem, but bring it in when I get a chance and they'll check it and bring it down if it bothers me. I asked if it could wait 'till the weekend, they said no problem. Since they said I could wait several days, they must not have thought it was urgent.

BigWillie:
Yep, I checked it the way the manual says to: engine warmed up, level ground, shut off engine, wait a few minutes, check oil level.

JSM1284:
Yep.

marc780:
I did drain some oil so it is just below the full mark when hot and sitting four about 5 minutes. I didn't have to drain much too get it down, so it wasn't very much overfilled. I'll be at the dealer this weekend and make sure they are aware of it.

When I do the first oil change, I'll put in the recommended 4.5 qts and see where it shows on the dipstick.

Thanks for all the replies . . .
 
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