Q: Too much oil in car and need to drain it.

asked by on

I put too much oil in my car and now need to drain some of it out. How do I do this?

Due to engine oil being considered a hazardous waste, I recommend enlisting the help of a technician to remove excess oil from your Honda Civic. There are three common ways this is done. The first way is for the mechanic to remove the drain plug on the underneath of the oil pan and drain all of the oil out, then replace the drain plug before adding the correct amount of engine oil. The second way, which can be a bit messy, would be to once again remove the drain plug and allow some oil to drain into the oil pan, then replace the drain plug and check the Civic’s oil level to see if it is appropriate. The third option, and in my opinion the safest and cleanest way, is for the mechanic to use a fluid extractor and remove the excess oil through the engine oil dipstick. The mechanic you choose will have the best knowledge and tools to ensure you have the proper amount of oil that your Civic engine needs, as well as knowing how to safely contain and dispose of all hazardous waste.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Too much oil in car and need to drain it.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Air conditioning light - 2001 Honda Civic

Hi there, check the A/C relay for being stuck in the "On" position. Relay contacts degrade over time and use, and can stick together when burned. The result would be the A/C light staying on, even though you press the...

Q: Car Vibrates after spark plug change

Shaking or vibrating may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below the normal...

Q: Piston misfiring and oil on a sparkplug

Oil in the spark plug bore is caused by a leaking valve cover gasket. This can short out the spark plug and cause damage to the plug and coil, and also the spark plug boot. The valve cover gasket set...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...