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Hi all, at the moment I'm 7k miles into my last oil change. By the time I got my phone out some oile came off of the dipstick. The level was almost up to the point where the dipstick bends.

When I got my car back right after the last service I checked the dipstick and I saw it at this same level. I just figured that they were running the car (engine was somewhat warm) so it was higher due to that. I haven't checked the oil since (I know, I need to get better at this). This picture was taken today, 3.5 hr after my 40 min daily commute. It is 32 degrees out. Good news seems to be that my car is not burning oil. Bad news - it seems that they overfilled.

Should I Just keep driving it (I have 3k left until my next service, about month and a half)? Should I bring this up at my next service?
 

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If it's a 5 cylinder, your car should right itself and burn off the excess in no time. :p
 

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Yes overfilled. It could cause damage, but its unlikely since its already been 7,000 miles and I assume the car runs fine. There is a ton of confusion about the capcacity of a T5. Just make sure you specify the capacity is 5.8qts when you drop it off and if its overfilled take it back immediately. I had too 3 times.... :(
 

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The only real danger of overfilling oil that I've ever heard is if the crankshaft dips in to it and whips it into a froth. That will cause the oil pump to try and pump foam, which will junk the engine. If it hasn't done that then there should be no problem.
 

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I don't like it either, it has happened to me 3 times as well. Given there have not been reports of significant failure that I know of, it probably isn't a big deal. Unfortunately, it doesn't inspire confidence in the dealers when they can't even get the right amount of oil in the crankcase.
 

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I don't like it either, it has happened to me 3 times as well. Given there have not been reports of significant failure that I know of, it probably isn't a big deal. Unfortunately, it doesn't inspire confidence in the dealers when they can't even get the right amount of oil in the crankcase.
The OP's case is stupidity on the case of the tech. One my overfills was stupidly high like his, the other two were 1/4" over. My independent mechanic has done 3 oil changes, 2 were dead on full, the last one was 1/4" over. The oil takes a seriously long time to get to the pan in these engines, so my assumtion is its not as easy as we think. I think next time Im going to specify 5.5 quarts and top off when I get home after the car sits and I can take as much time as I like to get it right.
 

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The OP's case is stupidity on the case of the tech. One my overfills was stupidly high like his, the other two were 1/4" over. My independent mechanic has done 3 oil changes, 2 were dead on full, the last one was 1/4" over. The oil takes a seriously long time to get to the pan in these engines, so my assumtion is its not as easy as we think. I think next time Im going to specify 5.5 quarts and top off when I get home after the car sits and I can take as much time as I like to get it right.
Mine have been like the OPs, way over. I agree on the point about it taking a long time for the oil to get into the pan, This leaves opportunities for error, especially if they get in a rush. I plan to do it myself now that I have used up my free services.
 

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Had my CPO 2013 S60 T5 serviced for the first time in late December. I didn't check the oil level after I picked the car up, assuming the Volvo service dept. would get the level right. Wrong! I usually check the oil level every 3-4 weeks. So I checked it this morning, and it was way over the maximum line. I called the Volvo service dept., and the rep said to bring the car in and they would correct the level (drain some oil). I took it in immediately and they made the adjustment while I waited. I had only driven about 75 miles since the service.

The dealership was apologetic, and promised that it won't happen again.
 

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To revive an old "overfill" thread...

I recently decided to avoid a trip to dealership and changed oil in my 2018 v60 myself (after using up first 3 free oil changes at dealership). So when a few days later I poured the used oil from the drain pan to empty oil bottles I was shocked to discover that the used oil filled up 7 full 1qt bottles! To be exact it was 6 3/4 bottles and in the process of changing the oil I also spilled quite some on the garage floor which I estimate was ~1/4 qt.

I was aware that some of the old oil could remain inside the engine so I started with pouring in only 5 liters (~5.3 US qt) of new one and taking a drive and checking the electronic dipstick the next morning to see if I need to add more. To my surprise the electronic dipstick showed "Max" after just 5 liters.. Which makes me think that this electronic dipstick might be "stuck" at MAX reading. And also this makes me think that my engine was overfilled by the dealer with roughly 7.0 - 5.3 = 1.7 qt of oil!!

Btw, the oil was cold when I put it into empty bottles so no heat expansion is at play..

This is definitely not good so I rushed to check the oil capacity in owner's manual. To my surprise the manuals also provide conflicting information.
2018 4 cyl/2L owner manual states the capacity is 5.4 liters (I have B4204T43 engine) and '17 owner's manual states the capacity for 4 cyl 2L engine is 5.9L (6.2 US qts).

https://volvornt.harte-hanks.com/manuals/2018/S60_OwnersManual_MY18_en-US_TP23393.pdf

https://volvornt.harte-hanks.com/manuals/2017/2017-Volvo-S60-Owner-Manual.pdf

So I can see how the dealer might have not waited for all the old oil to drain first and then "generously" poured in 6.2 qt plus some more and did not really check the electronic dipstick because it won't show correct information right away anyway...

To verify the "stuck" dipstick theory I am going to buy an OBD scanner and see if I can get more precise oil level readings. It has been a few days and it still shows MAX with just 5L in.
Any recommendations on OBD software to check the oil level?
 

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I use the Car Scanner app with a bluetooth ELM327 reader.

My car doesn't have the electronic dipstick (thankfully) but the Car Scanner app gives me access to just about every bit of information possible, so I believe it will give you the actual dipstick reading when applicable.
 

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I use the Car Scanner app with a bluetooth ELM327 reader.

My car doesn't have the electronic dipstick (thankfully) but the Car Scanner app gives me access to just about every bit of information possible, so I believe it will give you the actual dipstick reading when applicable.
thanks @budleach - I'll give it a try!
 

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I use the Car Scanner app with a bluetooth ELM327 reader.

My car doesn't have the electronic dipstick (thankfully) but the Car Scanner app gives me access to just about every bit of information possible, so I believe it will give you the actual dipstick reading when applicable.
But wouldn't an aftermarket scanner just be reading the same sensor that is still showing the oil as full?
 

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I use the Car Scanner app with a bluetooth ELM327 reader.

My car doesn't have the electronic dipstick (thankfully) but the Car Scanner app gives me access to just about every bit of information possible, so I believe it will give you the actual dipstick reading when applicable.
But wouldn't an aftermarket scanner just be reading the same sensor that is still showing the oil as full?
Yes. It is only reading what the vehicle itself is relaying.
 

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Yes. It is only reading what the vehicle itself is relaying.
Not exactly. The Car Scanner app reports the oil level to the nearest mm instead of to the nearest 0.5 liters. As far as I can tell they use the same sensor.

I wish there was something published that would show how much oil is in the car for a given mm reading. Out of an abundance of caution I've started checking/recording mine monthly just to see if I am using any oil. The car's display shows no oil usage between 10K services, but I understand that the car can lose as much as a quart or so without showing a change in the instrument panel display.

The only reason I'm concerned is that I have one of the early Drive-E engines with the old ring design.
 

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Not exactly. The Car Scanner app reports the oil level to the nearest mm instead of to the nearest 0.5 liters. As far as I can tell they use the same sensor.

I wish there was something published that would show how much oil is in the car for a given mm reading. Out of an abundance of caution I've started checking/recording mine monthly just to see if I am using any oil. The car's display shows no oil usage between 10K services, but I understand that the car can lose as much as a quart or so without showing a change in the instrument panel display.

The only reason I'm concerned is that I have one of the early Drive-E engines with the old ring design.
Yes, but if the OP (captain oblivion) is saying the reading is faulty (because of an assumption of a faulty sensor) then the issue is about whether the reading is accurate, not about the precision. Not saying it isn't prudent of him to look for what the OBD sourced reading is, just saying it would be polling from the same place, so if the vehicle is telling him that the car is full with 5 L of oil then we'd need to know what that mm reading is, and then whether Car Scanner/Torque/Dashcommand etc sourced mm reading is in the ballpark of "full". I would presume you would have more of an indication for the OP to determine where the mm reading is at when you've done an oil change to provide a comparison point.
 

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Thanks everyone for the input.
Yeah, the moment when I could have checked the oil level in mm before the change is gone (i don't want to pour the old oil back in :D).

However with the reader I can add (or even remove?) oil and see if the level reading has changed. Unless there is something more I am not aware of, this should reveal how the oil level sensor is reacting to the actual level changes. And also if it already shows a really high level with just 5L then this would be another clear sign of a malfunction. BTW, does anyone know what the "normal" level in mm should be?

Another thought from looking at the difference between 2017 and 2018 oil capacity recommendations (non B4204T43 4 cyl engine '18 - 5.9US qt ; '17 - 6.2 US qt). I wonder what caused the change for the same engine? Awareness that dealerships might overfill the engines? Or maybe.. /ugly conspiracy theory/ aim to slightly increase fuel efficiency ? The electronic dipstick I guess can always be reprogrammed to show whatever level on the dashboard... I believe its the former as it is common to not drain the oil completely out of the engine (my previous car with SE-R engine would still hold 3/4 qt after the drain).
 
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