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post #1 of 22 Old 05-29-2009, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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I have an 09 Accord Coupe I4 and I did my first oil change on 05/25/2009. However, I put in 5 quarts of oil and I just realized the oil capacity (with filter) is 4.4 quarts. What should I do? Will it damage the engine if I leave it as is?


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I think it should be OK. However, filling it with too much oil can cause various damage including head gasket failures. Years ago, I used to take my car to Jiffy Lube and they almost always overfilled my car. Sometime later, I had a blown head gasket.


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I just realized the oil capacity (with filter) is 4.4 quarts. What should I do?
Who told you there a 4.5 capacity? Thats how much is needed to be put in but thats not the engines capacity. You will be fine with 5Q, as long as you cant see oil when you lift the cap you are fine. Now if you put in 6-7 then every piston would shoot out of the hood. with 5 you will be fine, every engine has room for more

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Leave it it woun't hurt i alway put 5 quarts .

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Who told you there a 4.5 capacity? Thats how much is needed to be put in but thats not the engines capacity. You will be fine with 5Q, as long as you cant see oil when you lift the cap you are fine. Now if you put in 6-7 then every piston would shoot out of the hood. with 5 you will be fine, every engine has room for more
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the owners manual says that is how much is needed to be put it, its NOT the entire engines capacity

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look on the dipstick. if its ABOVE the top hole, then there is too much oil. i think the number stated in the manual either gets it to the bottom hole or midway between.

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too much oil is bad! but what you put in is okay....vtec will burn it! wait thats the old vtec motors.
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If indeed the specs for oil capacity and what you put in are what you said, then we are not talking a huge difference and I would not worry. Personally I only use the refill capacity (with filter) in the owners manual as a guide. I add about a half quart less than what they specify, run the engine, check the level, add a little more if necesary, then repeat the process until the dipstick shows the proper level. The dipstick is your true guide. I never trust the dealer, Jiffy Lube, etc. because I have seen some horrific overfills and underfills in my experience.
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Okay, a little over the top hole on the dipstick is not going to hurt anything, but don't do it on a regular basis. Too much oil causes high oil pressure because there is no room for the oil pump to put the oil returning from the heads and block. The backup causes high pressure which will blow seals, gaskets, rings, etc.

When I change my oil, I always put only 4 quarts in at first (because it's better to under fill than over fill), and then drive the car around the block. Come back and check the level, and then add little by little untill the level is just slightly below the top mark.

I recomend using the dipstick as a gauge rather than a pre-measured amount.

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too much oil is bad! but what you put in is okay....vtec will burn it! wait thats the old vtec motors.

Always carry a quart in the trunk with me and check it every time I fill the tank. The Prelude has 212,000 miles and it will burn if you hit VTEC hard. H22A's were notorious for this. But if you keep it full, no problems.

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I think it should be OK. However, filling it with too much oil can cause various damage including head gasket failures. Years ago, I used to take my car to Jiffy Lube and they almost always overfilled my car. Sometime later, I had a blown head gasket.
hahaha, i used to work for jiffy lube, we never cared for the cars that came in, a knew one of the guys who worked there, he poured effin windex in the guys radiator. and the other time, i was bein lazy, and i was taking the oil cap off, and i accidently droped like one or three sunflower seeds into his engine, whoops! lol, but that was years ago, i never go to jiffy lubes, cuz they all suck just like my store did!

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hahaha, i used to work for jiffy lube, we never cared for the cars that came in, a knew one of the guys who worked there, he poured effin windex in the guys radiator. and the other time, i was bein lazy, and i was taking the oil cap off, and i accidently droped like one or three sunflower seeds into his engine, whoops! lol, but that was years ago, i never go to jiffy lubes, cuz they all suck just like my store did!
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First of all, go by the DISPTICK (you have one), not capacities. I always need 1/2-qt or so more than stated because I let oil drain until nothing comes out. Just set the level at the top mark and you're done. If slightly above, nothing happens, but don't make it a habit.

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