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Old 02-24-2003, 21:25   #1 (permalink)
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Cough! Chunk! Lurch! Whine!

EF Fairmont '95 model.

This is probably my own stupidity but the oil dipstick in my car seems overflowed. (Like "WAY" overflowed.)

Would this cause the car to 'lurch' forward when crusing idly? It did it about 3 - 4 times in 20 seconds, and then stopped. (This was when the engine was cold.)

The engine feels rough at idle now.

I cannot explain just how pissed off I am about this. I've had my car for barely a month and all I've had is f**king problems.

What would cause an engine to behave like this? Also, the oil gauge actually *beeped* at me today; oil pressure dipping well below the redline, and alerting me.

They have a sender unit on order for me to pick up Thursday, hopefully. I'll let them know about the oil too. What are the odds that the engine is royally screwed? And how much for a rebuild.

Hit me hard; I can take it.
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Old 02-24-2003, 21:30   #2 (permalink)
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Oh yes, and the mechanics claim the oil pressure is okay...
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Old 02-24-2003, 23:38   #3 (permalink)
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Thats nasty, although temperature will vary the pressure of the oil. When my EA runs for a while on a hot day the pressure will drop down around the red mark at idle, but has never actually touched it or passed. As for the surging, I cant help there but am interested to know what it is
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Old 02-25-2003, 00:52   #4 (permalink)
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You mean your oil overflowed out of the dipstick?
Did you overfill the sump with oil, or did this just happen?
Is your PCV valve stuffed? Oil does not normally flow out of the dipstick.
Drain the pan, is there any water in the oil?
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Old 02-25-2003, 00:55   #5 (permalink)
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If it is WAY overfull, as you say, it can cause these symtoms. I have seen a 253 do the same. The pistons were hitting the oil at BDC as it was like 5 litres overfull.
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Old 02-25-2003, 01:27   #6 (permalink)
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well when you consider your poor crankshaft hittin the oil at say 4000 rpm thats like hitting solid concrete keep it going youll fracture it at best break it if you dont want to drop the oil completly just enough to get it to the level back off the oil filter by hand and let some drain out then retighten and crank over and let it run for a minute then repeat the process dont worry if you overshoot just top it up with fresh oil as for your pressure try a 20-60w oil when you next change it itll probably fix the problem as for the clunking i get it alot too im sure its the engine mounts that are screwed get sombody to look at it
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Old 02-25-2003, 01:36   #7 (permalink)
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Drop the oil, change the oil pressure switch and the oil/filter and hey presto - problem solved.. Make sure you check your dipstick when you put about 3 litres in, be careful not to overfill.
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