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Old 10-09-2020, 06:28 PM
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I punched a hole in the oil pan on my Volvo V70 and think I got it shut down soon enough but did get message shut car off no oil pressure, Anyone experienced this. Order pan but concerned i kilt the car.
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Time will tell
my guess is u will be fine
Old 10-09-2020, 06:34 PM
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I think the big question is how far did you get and under what kind of load?

I think you'll probably be fine but this might be the one occasion when an oil analysis is really worth the $30. (after you put some miles on the new oil, not right now.
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You're good.
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My wifes vehicle developed gasket leak on oil filter housing.....$6 gasket. It leaked oil so fast, several qts in 20 mi. Only leaked when running. Low oil light pressure came on .....she shut down...i went met her, put 4.5 qts oil in......it takes 5. Happened again just as she got home. No issues after repair gasket. Mobil 1.

Now, a coworker once had place that changed his oil in 6 mo old mitsubishi eclipse leave drain plug loose....it came out a few miles away in heavy traffic on elevated interstate. When oil light came on, he had to go a mile or so to an exit to pull over. Seized his engine. Somehow he completely lost in court they ruled that he should have pulled over immediately so that the place that changed his oil had no responsibility.

Wife ran a oil consuming isuzu trooper low on oil once... It eventually developed bottom end knock. Engine crank and cams had surface hardening treatments......not rebuildable. You couldn't turn them and put in oversized bearings.

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With the pan off, you should be able to remove rod and main caps to inspect the lower halves.
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Originally Posted by Plastikosmd View Post
Time will tell
my guess is u will be fine
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If you shut the engine down before the low oil pressure idiot-light came on, then you should absolutely be okay.
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Did same exact thing in my old Volvo S60–replaced pan, drove another 5 years
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I want to know how you punched a hole like that
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Do not take the rod and main bearing caps off. That’s is a stupid waste of time and your gonna mess more up that you will fix.

put a new oil pan on it since you already ordered it and fill back up with oil. It will prolly be fine if it wasn’t knocking like crazy before.

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Originally Posted by SOSC View Post
If you shut the engine down before the low oil pressure idiot-light came on, then you should absolutely be okay.
do you think the message " shut car off no oil pressure" would be the same as low oil pressure idiot light?
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
I want to know how you punched a hole like that
me too. looked like a tree stump in the road. Series of bad decisions led to this. No alcohol involved

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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
do you think the message " shut car off no oil pressure" would be the same as low oil pressure idiot light?
Yes. But your question implies there's an in between warning? I only own basic vehicles, so there is either pressure or low/no pressure. I thought the OP said that the oil pressure light didn't come on, so to me that means okay. I am not aware of a message with such a long message "shut car off low oil pressure". It's either a red flashing light or not, or there's pressure or there isnt.
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I have seen lots of cars driven off with zero oil turn out just fine. I used to manage a company that had tire and lube operations, idiots didn't fill the oil ALOT, they figured out ways to skip the checks and balances built into the software.
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If you really did toast the engine, the 70 series Volvo engines are readily available at many auto salvage yards from Atlanta south into Florida. And they're not badly priced.

See: Car-Part.com and filter for your model year and zip code if you actually need an engine.
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Originally Posted by hotwire_marine View Post
Do not take the rod and main bearing caps off. That’s is a stupid waste of time and your gonna mess more up that you will fix.

put a new oil pan on it since you already ordered it and fill back up with oil. It will prolly be fine if it wasn’t knocking like crazy before.
why not just JB weld the hole up and run it for a week. Why waste a good oil pan if it wipes a bearing?
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When you pull the pan replace the seal that is on the end of the oil pickup tube. They get hard over time and allow the pump to draw air. Look at the rod caps for any discoloration from excessive heat. If you scuffed a bearing now would be the time to change it out. If they aren’t discolored your probably ok. I would pull the line going to the turbo and pump a little oil in if at has a turbocharged engine.
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Why not fix it properly in the first place, when that shit JB glue falls out, he might not be so lucky.
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If you were able to maintain oil pressure up until you shut the engine down you will be OK for sure. If your car has an idiot light which is functioning properly and it did not come on, you should be fine. If you have an oil pressure gauge which is properly functioning but goes not have an audible or visual alarm associated with it you could be in trouble because you wouldn't know how long the oil pressure was low unless you were watching the gauge constantly. If you had a yellow oil light warning you should be fine, but if a red oil warning light comes on the car should not be driven any further - shut down immediately, coast to the side of the road if possible. You do this by turning key to the off position and then quickly back to the on position (not start) in order to be able to turn the steering wheel to get to the side of the road.. OP indicated no warning seen but I include this information for anyone else who may encounter a situation like this in the future.

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