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Old 05-22-2017, 08:11 PM   #1
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Recently had an oil leak that was getting bad when I woke up one morning. I decided that the repair shop about 2 miles from my house would be the place to go. Before I turned on the car I checked the dip stick and it showed it was full. Just to be safe I poured a quart in the engine and started driving immediately not waiting for it to warm up. After hearing very slight weird noise I decided that I was going to pull over about a mile in and have it towed the rest of the way. The engine never fully hit normal running temp (it was slightly colder than normal running temp by the time I pulled over). Now the scary part with all this is that my newly built block is still in its break in period with the wiseco piston and manly rods and when it arrived at the shop they told me the oil pan was close to empty. Now question is, how much damage could I have caused?
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And I shifted gears at 3000rpm
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:14 PM   #3
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Do you know if you lost all oil pressure? Usually the oem pressure sensor flashes the light of death at that point. Not much you can know about it until you pull it and tear it down
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:18 PM   #4
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No lights came on at all thankfully. And I will not be tearing it down because I just had it built. The block has 2000 miles on it
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I'm curious to see if I could have caused any significant damage
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:19 PM   #6
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It's a 2004
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:09 PM   #7
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Hey everyone,
Before I turned on the car I checked the dip stick and it showed it was full. Just to be safe I poured a quart in the engine and started driving immediately not waiting for it to warm up.
Did you wipe down the dipstick and put back in to check the oil?
Or did you just lift out and check, as if you do it this way it may give a false reading. As in it still has a coating of oil on it from when there was oil in there.

There must have been a big puddle of oil under it if it leaked out!

I had a Mazda 323 that broke the oil pump chain. While it was sitting broken out side someone stole but only got half way down the street as the noise was terrible. I drove it careful to the shop I was working at and when we check the main bearings they were still sweet.

You maybe lucky and no damage or worst case is all the bearings are stuffed and the cylinder bores are scratched.

Only way to know is to open her up and have a look.
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I think you should be fine. I had the oil light of death flicker twice on me during a drive on my high mileage bugeye. Turns out I was 3 quarts low. I was deathly afraid of the failure to come. However, ~10k miles later- with a fresh clutch job, timing/waterpump, MAF and some other tidbits- she's driving stronger than ever. Recent compression test came out surprisingly well. (no more than 7psi apart i believe). 169k on the OD
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Old 05-24-2017, 01:10 PM   #9
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From where on this fresh build was it leaking so badly and who did the build?
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