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Old 01-20-2005, 04:17 PM
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Sorry to hear of this unfortunate event...
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Old 01-20-2005, 04:51 PM
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So, let's suppose that the engine was idling for a maximum of 60 seconds with no oil. Is that long enough to send it past the point of no return?
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Old 01-20-2005, 05:36 PM
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Well that is hard to tell, did it have oil pressure when you shut down? If so I would not worry about it. Just replace the pan change the oil and see if it makes any weird sounds. The lifters probably didn't like it, I wouldn't think the bottom end is hurt.
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Old 01-20-2005, 10:41 PM
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Talking I can solve all your worry.

Just mail me the vehicle location and title. LOL
Glad to help. LOL

Real answer to your question.

If it was as you say:
#1. Replace pan and gasket.
#2. Add oil.
#3. Remove glow plugs.
#4. Squirt a few drops of SAE 30 into each cylinder.
#5. Crank with starter until you have oil pressure.
#6. Replace glow plugs and start.
#7. Run for one hour and replace oil and filter.

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Old 01-21-2005, 12:18 AM
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I didn't glance at the oil pressure gauge. I saw the low oil level light and heard it tapping, and the only thing running through my mind was "turn it off."

whunter, thanks for the suggestions, I'll give it a try and see what happens.
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Old 01-21-2005, 08:39 AM
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I didn't glance at the oil pressure gauge. I saw the low oil level light and heard it tapping, and the only thing running through my mind was "turn it off."

whunter, thanks for the suggestions, I'll give it a try and see what happens.
Try not to worry too much. I lost oil pressure on my car a while back. My Mercedes oil filter came with two O-rings. I wasn't paying attention and used the wrong one. About 40 miles of driving later I noticed I had very low oil pressure. Almost all of the oil had leaked out of the filter housing. Needless to say I was devastated. Luckily, I was able to fill it back up and have now put about 10,000 miles on the engine and it still doesn't use a drop of oil! You might get lucky too. Good luck.

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Old 01-21-2005, 08:45 AM
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Did that too......Had it up on jackstands replacing the flex joints adn driveshaft bearing adn support last year. finished the job and took it down.....forgetting it was in neutral.

driveway was flat..............well almost. few minutes later it started to roll from the driveway down my back yard and into the stream, backwards.

Had front end sticking up in the air 45 degrees.....but luckily the only damage was to my pride and a hosta that gave up its life when the bellypan slid over it. Took chaining a truck ot a tree to winch it out.

Tail light was 2 inches from a huge rock when it stopped.
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Old 01-21-2005, 09:15 AM
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Tell me you didn't get out of the car with it in drive? Don't worry so much about it running without oil for 60 seconds or so. I'd be more worried had it ran for longer than 4 or 5 min. You can check for shiny metal shavings from under the oil pan or what's left of it. The only way you can really know if it did damage which I seriously doubt is to put a new Oil Pan on and check it out.
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Old 01-21-2005, 11:18 PM
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Yay, it's only going to cost a grand to get it to the point where I can see if there is any further damage. I really wish I had the time to work on it myself... it was save an incredible amount of money that I don't have to begin with.

While it's in the shop, it's going to get a timing chain and some other things. It'll probably be a $2000 bill by the time it's all done. Then I get to do body work (headlight, hood, & bumper chrome) from where it came to rest up again the back of a Dodge Ram pickup with a big salt spreader hanging off the back.
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Old 01-28-2005, 04:35 PM
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Update...

Well, I just got the car back from the shop, and mechanically it's as good as it was... well, a little better since I finally had them change the timing chain. Now on to the body work. What a financial nightmare.
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Old 01-28-2005, 07:17 PM
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Well, I just got the car back from the shop, and mechanically it's as good as it was... well, a little better since I finally had them change the timing chain. Now on to the body work. What a financial nightmare.
Hey VeeDub, what did it cost you, if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 01-28-2005, 10:53 PM
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We are a busy society. At least you mishap didn't involve hurting anyone. A local Dentist this past summer left his infant Son in his SUV with the windows rolled up---remember we are here in South Florida and And Daytime Temps get over 130 degreses in a closed Car--the Doc remembered about 4 hours later but too late. His infant son suffocated--That was a hard one for me to understand--how he could for get a person but it happened like 3-4 times here in Florida this summer.
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