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Offline ChfBrianB

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A funny thing happened to me today...
« on: June 28, 2010, 10:14:53 PM »
So I'm in a hurry to get Lisa downtown for a business thing she had to do.  She doesn't like driving in downtown since she tends to get lost and hit things.

So, I'm mildly frustrated that I have to take time from my day off to go drive her around.  I'm accellerating up the ramp at Mc Knight and Hwy 36 when I glance down to see a light on the dash that I've never seen before.  It is telling me to "Check Gauges!".  I think to myself "Oh Crap, now what" as I look at the oil pressure and see it at 0!  I look in the rear view mirror to see a film of oil on my rear window, and a grey cloud behind me.

I remember saying to lisa, "well, the engine is toast" as I take the off ramp thinking I have about 1000 yards to drive before the engine seizes up.

I pull over in the shade on a side street and get out to find the entire undercarrige covered in oil, and it's pouring onto the ground from the front half of the engine.  After about 3 minutes of frustrated diagnostics, I find that most of the oil appears to be coming from the oil filter area.  I grab onto the filter, and it's wobbling back and forth.  I give it a 1/4 turn, and it falls off into my hand.

So, I (literally) run to the parts store that is 3 blocks away (because Lisa reminded me that I had 30 minutes to get her downtown.)  I bought a new oil filter, and 5 quarts of oil.  I put the filter on, filled up the lost oil, and started it up...  A little clicking from the valves at first, but the oil pressure jumped right up and it's been fine for the rest of the day.

Funny thing that the oil filter came off.  I just changed the oil a week ago, so I know that it was installed properly.  I'm wondering if the threads weren't faulty on this filter.  Gave me quite a scare though.
Brian
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010, 10:44:31 PM »
Funny thing that the oil filter came off.  I just changed the oil a week ago, so I know that it was installed properly.  I'm wondering if the threads weren't faulty on this filter.

We believe you Brian. The most common thing is the old gasket stays on the block and blows with oil pressure, the second is "I'm sure I tightened it" Last on the list is a bad filter (unless you put the wrong one on)
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2010, 11:11:54 PM »
I've had that happen to me once...oil filter gasket stayed on the block, didn't notice it didn't come off, and I put another filter up on it.

Oil sprayed everywhere when I started the engine up.

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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2010, 11:16:35 PM »
My story: I changed the oil in the Celica and the next day to work, I notice smoke coming from the hood at the stop sign. Am a block away from work, so at work I pop the hood and the underside of the hood is covered with oil. I forgot to put the oil cap on (sitting on the engine). Oil level only down about a 1/4 of quart. Lesson: check and recheck and recheck everything you do. I have even put in oil without first putting in the oil plug in the engine. DAH. I have an excuse that Brian does not - I am a senior citizen.

Glad there was no damage to the engine Brian.

I switched to full sythetic on both cars since it is not that much more than sythetic blend, and now I will change about every 4,000 miles. The Celica gets about 10,000 miles per year and the Ford 4,000 per year.

There never seems to be an end to servicing all the engine powered stuff.
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2010, 11:35:46 PM »
Bet that was scary Brian. I bought a Sebring once that "needed a new engine" because it was pouring oil all over when it was really just a loose oil filter.

Glad to hear it all worked out. Now your gonna smell burning oil for a while until it all burns off the exhaust.

Think of it as under carriage rust prevention!
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2010, 07:27:53 AM »

We believe you Brian. The most common thing is the old gasket stays on the block and blows with oil pressure, the second is "I'm sure I tightened it" Last on the list is a bad filter (unless you put the wrong one on)

I will admit that there is a possibility that I put the wrong one on...  :(
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2010, 09:06:02 AM »
It's good to see the sun out again after all the rain.
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2010, 11:30:45 AM »
I run Amsoil in my van .... was convinced after my uncle who sells the stuff pulled the plug on his old chevy truck, which he runs the old Amsoil from his sedan in, started it without any oil in it at all and proceeded to let it run for 15 min just to show that it lubes much better than conventional oil.  Granted he was idling it, but it never did even heat up.  He runs the oil in his car for about 40k miles then drains it out and puts it in his old chevy and runs it till the car has another 40k on it then sends it out to be filtered and reused again!  I put a lot of miles on my cars and sure like being able to run for a couple months without changing oil.  I run mine up to 40k give or take each oil change.  Fresh let alone good oil will keep a beast running!!
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2010, 12:18:35 PM »
Amsoil is great stuff. Plus it's made in WI!
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2010, 01:45:28 PM »
Brian you didn't say if you got Lisa to her appoinment on time but I'm guessing you did! That was quite the effort either way! 8)
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2010, 03:09:59 PM »
She made it on time...  something like 13 minutes from the time my gauge read 0 PSI of oil pressure till the time that I was back on the road!  :)
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2010, 04:27:59 PM »
One man parts house and pit crew ... and the guy can cook too!  If he had not started this round-up we sure would have been looking to fill his shoes!!  ;D
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2010, 05:32:50 PM »
It's good to see the sun out again after all the rain.

Hah ha ha ha ha!  Been overcast & hotter'n hell down here lately J ...
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2010, 05:36:59 PM »
Ya  .... here too ... A storm blew through last night.  A dust cloud about 400 feet tall was all it brought!  113 deg and 2% humidity (yes, two percent).  Got soggy floors .. ship them out here.  You can not even get kiln dried lumber that dry!
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2010, 06:09:03 PM »
"So I'm in a hurry to get Lisa downtown for a business thing she had to do.  She doesn't like driving in downtown since she tends to get lost and hit things."

LOL! Is the hitting things a by product of getting lost?
Impressive "oil change" time. Any pit crew would be proud. Did you have to jack the car up (or truck) to do the filter? Good thing you werent wearing a suit and hope you werent wearing a good CGOAMN shirt!
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2010, 06:39:21 PM »
Did you have to jack the car up (or truck) to do the filter? Good thing you werent wearing a suit and hope you werent wearing a good CGOAMN shirt!


Thankfully, the oil filter is behind a plastic skirt with an access pannel just behind the bumper.  I had to sacrifice an old sweatshirt to catch the last quart of oil, but otherwise, all is well.
Brian
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Re: A funny thing happened to me today...
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2010, 06:52:00 PM »
Ya  .... here too ... A storm blew through last night.  A dust cloud about 400 feet tall was all it brought!  113 deg and 2% humidity (yes, two percent).  Got soggy floors .. ship them out here.  You can not even get kiln dried lumber that dry!

Wow when they say, "yes but its a dry heat" they arent kidding! Could we swap some of the 78 % we get some time? Maybe just 1/2 of it?
Ross
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