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"Andrew Renshaw" <andrew.hart.i hate email@example.com
> Hi all,
> Took my Defender to my local garage and had a major service and parted with
> £245. Anyway, after a few miles it seemed a little noisy so checked the oil
> and saw it was overfilled. It was well into the danger area on the dipstick.
> So I got underneath and took about a litre and a half out. Engine became
> nice and smooth again. (Next time I will service it myself).
> I worked out I had done some 400 miles before this had been noticed. The
> garage is all apologetic and has knocked a few quid off the bill.
> Big question, could it have done some damage to pistons or oil seals? There
> appears to be no oil burning and the oil has not gone down for the next 150
> miles. There is no loss in power or any difference whatsoever that I can
> I need to know if the engine needs to be checked as in a few months time I
> will trust my life to the car. I am driving through Africa, including a
> stint through the Sahara Desert..
> Defender 110 CSW 12 seater, Diesel 200TDI 1991, 5 speed manual.
The big danger from over filling is pushing out the
oils seals - particularly cam seal. This can lead to the
cam belt becomming contaminated, which in turn can lead
to early failure. Short of shining a torch up the wading
plug hole to have a look for any oil, there's not a lot
you can do without taking the timing cover off.
Personaly, I'd say the chances of any long term damage
are minimal - I'm sure very many Tdi's get regularly over
filled due to the great length of time (up to 20mins with
a slightly warm engine) that it takes oil to reach the
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