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    Unhappy Put in too much oil...what to do?

    Recently changed the oil and put in about a quarter quart too much. Can I leave it or should I take some oil out? If I should take some out what is the easiest way?
    2004 R1150RT.

    Thanks as always for your advice.
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    Happens...you are not the first to ask. Some folks remove the filter and drain some there, may take a few times with filter method. Others drain out and refill.

    If you have run the bike, check the drain on rear of airbox,shifter side as it may collect there as well.

    1/4 quart is not a catastrophic overfill...is it past the sight glass?
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    So you changed the filter, and actually poured in four complete quarts. And then, poured in another 1/4 quart? Why not just stop at four since the oil capacity is just about four quarts anyway.

    I wouldn't worry about it too much. But if it makes you feel better drain off a bit of oil. Loosen the drain plug till it starts to dribble oil out (don't take the plug out), and let it drain down to the center of the sight glass.

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    Funny, that happened to me the other day, for some reason I thought I needed 4.75 quarts instead of 3.75. Just drained some from the plug and re-filled until correct. The crush ring is still okay - no leaks. Same bike as yours

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    As asked above, over the sight glass? 1/4th qt is not a big deal. I'd say even if it is currently over the top of the glass take it for a ride or two and see if it settles. If you didn't pour more than 4 total qts in, you're doing ok.

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    With the new oil not being dirty to darken the sight glass I was unsure that I had put enough new oil in so I am now over the sight glass. I will drain from the filter to lessen the oil.

    Thanks for the advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDYVH View Post
    I wouldn't worry about it too much. But if it makes you feel better drain off a bit of oil. Loosen the drain plug till it starts to dribble oil out (don't take the plug out), and let it drain down to the center of the sight glass.
    Too high an oil level will cause increased crankcase pressure which results in oil sight glasses blowing out.
    I think BMW even issued a bulletin to that effect.
    The excess should be removed and the level should be run from mid glass to the bottom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GSAddict View Post
    Too high an oil level will cause increased crankcase pressure which results in oil sight glasses blowing out.
    I think BMW even issued a bulletin to that effect.
    The excess should be removed and the level should be run from mid glass to the bottom.
    Have to be WAY high, like forgetting to drain the old before adding new, IMHO. A cup or two over, I wouldn't worry about.,

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    I've put in too much on a couple of vehicles in the last 40+ years -- and always drain the extra.
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