I was driving and heard a clicking noise, which I thought I would have someone look at the coming weekend (a few days away.) The noise began to get louder and the oil light came on. I stopped driving and checked the oil level and there was NO oil in my car. I walked to Wal Mart and filled the oil up, but I'm worried about my car! The oil is not leaking...so where is it going? What do I need to do?
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Re: Ran out of oil!
If there is no oil puddles beneath the vehicle the only place it can go is into the cylinders and it get's burned. considering that you did not mention a big blue cloud of smoke while the engine is running tells me that it's not getting burned up. your engine holds 4 1/2 quarts so that is alot of oil to loose on a vehicle not that old. my advice would be to take it to a shop and have the engine checked this appears to be a major mechanical problem and should be dealt with fast before the engine seizes up and more damage can occure.
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don't ram it into a pole, that seldom helps the ticking. get a pressure test done to be sure the oil pump is functioning as it should, motor flush is not always a good idea but if it helped then it probably didn't get rid of all of the sludge, if a lifter collapses, it will always tick no matter what you do, if it is an oil pressure issue the tick can come and go. one thing to consider, sludge happens from poor maintenance, it can hide other issues, clearing out all of the sludge can cause an engine knock if the bearings are worn.
Generally three things can turn the light on. First is the sending unit itself if it's going bad. Next is an obstruction of the pump pickup screen (usually hard carbon deposits). Third is worn engine bearings (usually rod bearings). Best way to find the problem is to have someone put a mechanical pressure gauge on the engine and read the actual pressure. If it's low you need to go into the engine to determine why. if it's normal, replace the sending unit. Senders aren't terribly expensive and you could just buy one and replace the one you have, providing the engine isn't tapping or knocking.
Sounds like constant velocity joints at the end of the drive shaft, the joints at the end of the drive shaft that allow the wheel to swivel, to turn. Only makes noise when turning left or right and is usually only from one side.
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sounds like a case of closing the horse after the barn ran away...Pretty good chance that you have lost an engine bearing (yes, that means it's new engine time) To avoid this in the future regard your oil light as a "you just blew your engine" light. Check your oil at least every two weeks, and this will never happen again (not for lack of oil anyway!!!)
never had that problem with my GS400 but on my 95 maxima, i used to have that same high pitch squealing noise... i used some belt dressing that i got from R & S Strauss for a few dollars and sprayed it on my belts and pulleys that ran around the alternator, compressor, etc. and never heard the noise again. hope your problem is as simple and cheap to fix as mine was
It sounds like the car was ran out of oil.The engine bearings and crankshaft journal are probably scarred.The noise you are hearing is more than likely a piston rod slapping around about to break loose from the crankshaft.So,yes the engine is toast...Sorry..Good Luck!!!