OLDE GUY said:Be careful from whom you get your ideas when you are a novice. And try not to be creative on your own. Porsche's are built loose to lubricate the cyclinders and typically burn one quart of oil every 2000 to 3000 miles. On the track they go through oil even faster so over filling by 1/4 to 1/3 quart is an accepted idea among Porsche DE drivers.
Hi there, thanks for the input. I know our car doesn't typically burn oil so I didn't overfill with the intention of letting it burn off. I've read here and elsewhere that it's sometimes a good idea to overfill a little bit before a track event so as to have some type of preventative measure (in case there is oil starvation during cornering). Obviously this is done with the assumption that if there was just a bit more oil than usual available in the entire pan, then as oil shifts to the sides of the pan there would be a little more oil than usual left near the pick-up point. Of course this isn't a bulletproof theory and the drawbacks are that you could:
1) run the risk of foaming the oil, which could lead into it's own set of issues being discussed elsewhere in this thread, and
2) loss of horsepower because having too much oil in the pan can cause unneccessary windage where the crank is being robbed of hp by having to turn against extra oil, for lack of a better description (bike engines and mega high revving F1 engines have to overcome this engineering obstacle since the rotational speed of their crank is so much greater than normal street cars)
Again I made the mistake of filling it a little bit more than a "little bit", but really it was just a little bit (heh) and I figured that foaming wasn't going to be a problem for me since I'm using a good oil, it's a fresh fill, and I wouldn't keep that oil for more than 500 miles or so anyways - my car isn't a daily driven and is only street driven so I can drive it to the track and back.
I always try to seek out opinion and feedback, but I also have fun just tinkering and trying different things. Of couse I know I'm playing with fire and it would be an expensive grenade, but that's why they say YMMV :smile: