Previously on Mighty Car Mods: So I was just on a Honda forum–yes I was, that happened– to find out how much oil I should put in this engine, and uh, one of the people on there said the way you fill up your engine oil is just keep filling it up Until there’s oil coming out of the top of the engine So that’s exactly what we’re gonna do So Martin, today is an exciting and a silly day. Today, we are exploring a topic which was recently discussed on a Honda forum, and that is–
A Honda forum? –yeah, Honda forum mate, where the VTECs live–how safe it is to fill your car up to the very brim with oil so we’re talking about literally taking that off– Brimming it?
–and just going all the way to the top, and seeing how much performance benefit there isn’t, so that’s the plan for today. I predict a smoke show.
Okay. Let’s see if your predictions come true, Martin.
One two three Alright so the first six litres going in, Honda style, Martin! Maybe this is something they knew all along that we didn’t know, and this is where the extra VTECs came from. You ever done this before Martin?
Never. I have seen it a few times, though. Have you?
Yeah, once on the side of the road, there was a couple of people and they had a car that was just sittin’ there with like smoke pouring out of it– Yeah?
–and I said, “Did you drain the oil before you put more oil in?” and they went, “…no” and I went, “Cool, well drain five litres and go again and the smoke will stop.” they went, “Okay!” It’s probably worth a disclaimer as well, Martin, because there is going to be some vehicular abuse. This car is now unregistered, illegal to drive on the road. We trailered it here. A lot of things are broken on it, and it’s going out in the name of science. Now, someone somewhere should have said, “you could have fed the pandas that car” The thing is, this car was for sale for a long time and no one bought it, so we bought it, and now it’s going to evolve for your entertainment. I don’t know if this is even gonna start. There’s so much oil. Far out. Wow six whole litres. I wonder what the dipstick looks like–
It’s not brimming yet, man. It’s not brimming Where’s the dipstick?
I predict it’s a long way up the dipstick– right there. Whoa It’s to the to the top of the dipstick everyone. That’s the dipstick and it’s uh almost at the top. Well, we should brim the dipstick, right? That would make sense– Yeah–
–’cause if we go in if we try and get it to here, it’s gonna piss out the dipstick anyway We just keep going, Martin.
We’re gonna keep going? Well that’s what the forum told us, so that’s just what we’re–we’re gonna have to keep going, mate. Alright. So… the car will still run–
Maybe! –but it’s gonna be, um, it’s gonna be ill-pressurised, isn’t it? Well there’s no way for the oil to go, and I don’t know if the oil pump’s gonna work properly, it might not start at all, it might just be totally locked-up, or it might run for a bit, and then I predict a whole lot of oil is going to come out of every orifice, and it’s gonna make a lot of smoke, and we’re probably gonna have to turn it off so we don’t cause a bush-fire. Yeah, there it goes now it’s full.
Oh no it’s not! Just got to go in a bit slower, mate. We’ve got to do it as per the request, which is as per the Honda forum. Well it keeps coming out. There it is. It hurts my feelings man, I gotta be honest with you. Okay, so now it’s time to start it up of course, and see what it does, Martin. All in the name of science, and all in the name of… doing the silly stuff that is requested of us. People ask us for the weirdest stuff, man. They do! Some bits to do with cars, Martin. Okay people, here it is, you asked for it! This is the “Honda Forum… Oil… Overfill… Edition”. Whoa! Smoke straight away. It’s smokey already.
Is it? Give it some revs, Martin. It’s working fine Oh, no. Look! Whoa, look, aw! It’s smelling– is that actually coming out of the cylinders? Yeah, it’s coming out of the spark plug holes, man. Alright! Well, dude… car’s gonna just–
Just died! –just smoke a lot and die is the answer to what actually happens. So oil basically came out of every orifice every orifice– Every orifice, it came up through the spark plug tubes, like old oil, and just started pouring out on the exhaust manifold, which makes smoke from this end, it’s sending it through the exhaust, which makes smoke from the other end! So, no surprise really, Martin that um… check your dipstick. Pull it–oh wow.
Aw, it’s really milky. Just pouring out of the dipstick hole there. Um… Learn how to change your oil. It’s a good thing to learn how to do Um… It’s not hard. It’s a very rewarding thing to do with your car Maybe don’t use the unicorn oil that we used.
I can’t recommend that. So Martin, we’ve answered the question of what happens when you overfill: eventually your car’s gonna die– it just spits out oil everywhere, but now it’s time to ask the second question that we got this week: how long can ‘oo-zee’ drive with no oil? Like no oil at all and drive it. If it was an ‘eh-mer-eh-genck-snee’ Like a red back spider bit my d*** would I survive? How long can I drive? #DERRICKK (laughs) So that’s what’s next–
I thought this was harsh, that’s even worse, man. So let’s drain it all, set a stopwatch–
Sure. –and see how long it lasts.
Let’s do it! First, jack up your car, then carefully drain the oil into a container. We’re gonna have to push start Derek as he’s pretty unhappy from the last experiment. Derek’s got no oil, we’re gonna start a stopwatch, and see how long he lasts. Go man! Oil light’s on–
No Oil Test. –the oil light’s on.
Let’s– oh wait I’ve gotta start the stopwatch, Martin! It’s meant to be science! Stopwatch. Start.
We might run out of fuel before we run outta oil, mate, I only brought five litres. Smells already. It’s running for a very long time, Martin without oil I can hear rod-knock, I think. Oh! Hear it? But we’re still running! We’re still going, Martin–
But we’re not happy. It’s not dead yet, Martin, we’re still going! In a blaze of glory. Ahhh! Oh, Oh, Derek. Derek’s still going strong–
I’m so sorry, Derek. –one minute twenty, Derek! Oh Derek Has the temperature gone up? The temperature hasn’t even gone up, yet! Can you hear that? Yeah man! Oh He’s still going strong, man–
The motor’s wrecked, though. I think we’re down to two cylinders.
This is unbelievable, Derek’s still going! That’s full throttle–
Two minutes with no oil and he’s still going. Two minutes! Oh Derek. I’m so sorry man. Has he got nothing left? That’s all it’s got. That’s– that’s full throttle now. Still going then! We’re not stopping till Derrick stops, mate! Oh, it’s getting louder! Is that it? Can you plant it? There’s more– oh, that’s it! Derrick!
I’m just gonna make sure it’s not on fire. Well done Derek. He’s gone out in a blaze of glory He’s putting his fan on like it’s going to do something man that’s kinda sad So there it is, Derek lasted four minutes without oil–
Four minutes! Which is a long time, and the question was: can you run your car at all? The answer is yes, like in an emergency you could–
Yep. –but you’re pretty much only gonna get to do it once–
Yep. and your motors cactus after that as soon as there’s metal on metal noises. That’s spun bearings, it’s bent stuff, it’s just it’s really bad, plus you overheat it.
Yeah, so… Change your oil people. It’s a really good idea But I think before we finish this episode, we need to just take a couple of minutes, and thank Derek for his sacrifices on the show over the last few months Everybody put your hands together and take a moment for Derek
A colander. I will not miss that car one bit.