Q: I went on a short trip and before leaving, checked all the fluid levels, etc.
On the way home, I stopped for gas and when starting the car, the oil light came on. I stopped the engine, checked the oil and it seemed to be fine.
A short distance after leaving the gas station, the oil light again came on, stayed on, and the engine started making a loud noise - I think the lifters were 'knocking.'
I stopped the car, checked the oil and there was no reading on the oil stick. I poured one quart of oil into the car, checked the oil and the oil showed over the full line.
Also when pouring the oil into the engine, there was alot of smoke coming out of the oil opening.
After adding the oil and when the oil checked out OK on the stick, I restarted the car and the noise was still present.
I stopped the car, stayed the night in a hotel, got a ride home and the next day pulled the car home on a car dolly.
I am pretty adept at fixing cars and would like to attempt to fix this car. I assume the oil pump went out but am not sure.
Thank you for any clues.
A: It sure does sound like the oil pump quit on you..... if you can locate the oil pressure sending unit and remove it....
Install a mechanical oil pressure test guage and get an actual reading...... Ed
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A: The check engine light is hooked up to every diagnostic sensor on your vehicle. It will come on if the coolant level is low, if the oxygen sensor is bad, if the map sensor is bad, if the brake fluid level is low and sometimes for no particular reason at all.
Q: Need to know the correct size of the Torx bit used in loosening bolts from an 87 Olds Calais front disc brake caliper. Torx bit I'm using does not seem to fit snuggly into the bolt end and jumps out at the slighest pressue (I suspect the bit maybe the wrong size - too small). Because of this, I can't "break" (loosen) the bolt and change the brake pads. I've used this bit in the past on my 89 Celebrity brake calipers. Maybe I need a differnet size bit?
A: Read the number or size rating on the one you have, and then go up one size. Ed