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Old 12-23-2007, 12:05 PM   #16
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...engine was very low on oil... up to 3 quarts anyway.



Crap!
When did you change the oil prior to running low?
(months and miles)

Who changed the oil?

Did they not put the oil plug/filter on tight?

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Old 12-23-2007, 05:37 PM   #17
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The motor is Cooled by the Cooling System,.....
And,....
The Motor is Lubed by the Oil,.......

While it probably Was running slightly Hotter with No Oil in it,....
That doesn't mean you'd See it at the Heat Gauge.........
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The low oil light did not come on at the dashboard?
Right
However I've had/seen engines so low on oil they stalled, and the temp gauge doesn't move really....and they were not toasted either
That's not to say it's a good idea, or can't toast it...it's not good and can...but not always

All vehicles don't have a low oil light...though I'm pretty sure this one does
It really should have kicked on at 1 qt. low
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changed the oil this morning to the "High Mileage Oil". I NOTICED fresh wet dirty oil in the engine campartment. IT was around the add Oil cap, around the tube going into the valve cover....and spayed some from these places onto the front shroud. Evidense of blow by, no??

no - the low oil light didn't come on.
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Evidense of blow by,
Yes......
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you guys are great, thanks for all the feedback. I'm using this all as a teaching experience for my 2 teen age boys:
1. If you screw up, fess up don't bs
2. don't focus so hard on one thing you neglect others
3. many aspects of how an engine works and what can go wrong
4. how there are many awesome helpful people on forums.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:59 PM   #22
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here's the van and one of the loads. that's solid lumber and sheets....

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I don't know of any cars that have "low oil lights". I think that little oil can warning light is for low oil PRESSURE. So until you have so little oil that the pump is sucking foam, the dash won't light up. I can believe that 1 quart was enough to have oil pressure, but not enough to have sufficient lubrication.
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Low oil level lights use a seperate sensor mounted in the oil pan to determine the oil level. I would check your PCV valve as this may be also plugged, causing oil all over the engine.

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