How to Remove Oil From an Engine That Has Too Much

by Daniel Valladares

Changing the engine oil is a maintenance task that should be performed regularly on every vehicle. The process of changing the engine oil requires the removal of the old oil and then the addition of the new oil. Occasionally, there might be too much oil put into the vehicle. When this occurs, the excess oil needs to be removed in order to prevent any mishaps from occurring with the vehicle.

Turn off your vehicle's engine and open the hood. Place the oil pan underneath your vehicle.

Unscrew the drain plug to drain all of the oil into the pan. This may take a few minutes depending on the viscosity and temperature of the oil.

Screw the drain plug back in. Remove the engine cap that has "OIL" printed on it, and place the funnel into it.

Pour the oil into the funnel. Make sure not to pour all of it. When the engine has enough oil -- pull the dip stick to check -- remove the funnel. Place the cap back on and close the hood. Pour the excess oil back into the oil container for the next oil change.

Warning

  • close If your vehicle was just recently turned off, wait a few minutes. Oil can become very hot.

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About the Author

Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.

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