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2008 Kia Overfilled oil- can I idle it to warm up oil

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Dec 6, 2015, 8:38 AM

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I overfilled the engine oil on my Kia Spectra 2008 on Thursday night. (I didn't realize it was overfilled at the time)

Friday morning when I went to go to work, it started fine, didn't have any weird noises. I forgot my salad dressing, ran into my house and when I came out, there was smoke everywhere. It was like a fog had descended upon the parking lot. I couldn't tell at the time where the smoke was coming from, so I turned it off, and got a ride.

Saturday morning, I checked the oil and found out I had overfilled by what seems to be like a 1 liter of extra oil ( it seems to be the same amount of oil that is between low-high on the dipstick and that says 1 L), but I am going to err on the side of caution and say maybe 2 liters?

I moved the car away form the curb and right away the smoke started. It doesn't look blue to me, it seems white, but I don't really know what blue smoke looks like and it doesn't really smell, but it does seem oily. The dipstick doesn't show any oil going up to the top of it. There was a dime size oil mark on the ground, but no other oil marks on the ground under the vehicle. The smoke is coming strictly from the exhaust pipe.

I tried to remove the excess oil from the dipstick through siphoning and in 2 hours I was able to get 500 ml out? The oil is still way above the high mark on the dipstick, Everything says to warm up the car so the oil is warm, but I am afraid of doing more damage to the car if I turn it on.

Should I or can I run the car and let the oil warm up for 3 minutes and siphon the rest? I have a Flo n Go, that says on small engines anyways, it can remove 1 liter in 1 minute.

Should I have it towed to a Jiffy lube and have them drain oil/oil change? I am broke, so this would max my credit card, but I would do it- I need the vehicle for work.

Should I attempt to remove the oil plug? There is snow on the ground, I don't have chocks, or even a good lift for the car, and while I have done an oil change on a different vehicle, I have never done one in the snow, outside, on a Kia, when time is of the essence, but again I might try if that is the only way.

Thanks, in advance

Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 6, 2015, 9:14 AM

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Re: 2008 Kia Overfilled oil- can I idle it to warm up oil Sign In

Damn! Don't run this again till it right - please?
Is there a mobile mechanic type option to change oil at it's location? Use it.
The right thing is to drain all oil, new filter and fill to listed capacity now.
Smoke may or may not quit for some time and real damage if any unknown but it ran so that much is good but no promise.
Yes you can suck oil out thru a dipstick with right item if you want go ask at a parts outlet stating what you wish to do and know tube will fit down dipstick.
Sorry this happened. Know that you check oil when it has sat level at least several minutes or much longer. The marked range for 1 liter/qt as well usually doesn't match above or below that for 1/2 amounts or full amounts by measure as oil pan isn't even.
It's just FYI that most can handle one too many but that's enough so it was probably more. Think: It has to deal with being parked on reasonable angles where oil would be on one side or end of the pan and there's a range it can do that only.
If at all possible tow it and have it totally redone and checked out for oil in air intake or who knows? If lucky and you might be it will get over this or show what was damaged pretty quickly,


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Dec 6, 2015, 10:55 AM

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Thanks for your response. I did start it again for 1 minute and I could smell the oil burning and the smoke was bluish white and alot so I turned it off. I won't start it again.

My friend from out of town is going to come and drain the oil and replace the filter for me. He has the tools, and know how. I just didn't want to inconvenience anyone and I was afraid to drive it to a shop because I have never had this happen before, and it just seemed so bad!

I will never rush through this process again and I am crossing my fingers that I haven't ruined anything that can't be fixed relatively easily.

Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 6, 2015, 11:16 AM

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Quote "inconvenience anyone"<<
!!!! It's your whole engine at risk!
Smoke is hopefully ONLY because crankshaft will splash in too much oil soaking undersides of pistons and burn off. At some point it can ruin a good engine being too full. The smoke is engine oil it couldn't burn off totally + wasn't meant to now burning in hot exhaust and hotter converter so hope it can handle that without harm. Can't say but could take a good long run on purpose to get exhaust fully heated up and hope for the best.
You aren't the first one to do this and yes hard to get out of without some way to start over with the known capacity.
Hope for the best. Glad even if that failed to hear you are checking it now and then and dunno what went wrong but if confused just put some in, run engine and wait. Check level again ALWAYS on level surface,


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