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b.a.baracus
PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:12 am  Reply with quote
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I topped off my oil last night and overfilled it a bit (when I put the cap back on, some oil oozed out). I haven't run the engine since. I wasn't sure if the overfill was a big deal, but apparently, according to a Google search, overfilling the oil is a big no-no, though I can't find anything that explains why it's such a big deal. Anybody have any thoughts on whether I've done permanent damage to my shiny new scooter, or can I just siphon off some oil and go about my merry way?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:36 am  Reply with quote
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ride it off.
It doesn't matter.

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What kind of scooter? What oil are we talking about, gearbox, mixing, or ???
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:14 am  Reply with quote
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It's a PX 150 (automatic mixer), and it's the mixing oil that I overfilled.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:35 am  Reply with quote
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That oil is no big deal, if it's still too full to put the cap on just use some paper towels or something to soak the excess out. The only problem you'll have is making a mess.

It's the gear box oil that you wouldn't want to overfill.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:08 am  Reply with quote
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how do you overfill the gearbox oil?
i thought you just pour it in until it leaks out the filler hole?

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Fill it while it's on a sidestand or lying down for some other maintainence.

Or get aggressive with the oil can, and basically fill the hole, pump in a ton of oil, and then screw the nut back in before too much drains out.

Yes, gearbox oil: Put the bike on the centerstand, and squirt in oil until it starts to leak out the filler hole. The end.

(And use non-detergent SAE30 oil. This only applies to Vespas and their derivations, no comment on the Lambretta side of things. This may void your warranty. Past performance is not a indicator of future gains. Your experience may vary. Do not allow children or pets to handle petroleum-based products. Keep hands clear of all moving parts.)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:34 am  Reply with quote
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Thank you, gentlemen, for clearing that up.

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Yeah what nate said.

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You mean more oil is not always better?
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Derrick wrote:
You mean more oil is not always better?


No but LOUD oil is.....

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I'm almost out of my stash of LOUD OIL. I can't believe it! I went through a case all ready. Matt, do you have any more?
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b.a.baracus wrote:
but apparently, according to a Google search, overfilling the oil is a big no-no, though I can't find anything that explains why it's such a big deal.


One issue with overfilling is that the oil can be aerated or "whipped" by the rotating crank is some motors. Aerated oil tends to be not so good at lubrication of bearings and stuff.
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Spikehead wrote:
b.a.baracus wrote:
but apparently, according to a Google search, overfilling the oil is a big no-no, though I can't find anything that explains why it's such a big deal.


One issue with overfilling is that the oil can be aerated or "whipped" by the rotating crank is some motors. Aerated oil tends to be not so good at lubrication of bearings and stuff.


I like Cool Whip™ oil, myself.

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