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Oil pressure stop motor

Just had an oil change

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  • mmbh388 Jan 16, 2009

    I have the same problem. I had my oil changed last fri. They did use the synthetic oil, I asked 3 times to make sure! today was Thursday.. temps fell to minus 25 or so over nite.. but it did run when I got off work at 11pm. (last night)temp then was -12 below..Car is not in a garage. Today went out luckily an hour or so before work. Oil light came on...said

    service. then the Stop motor. I shut it off , called a cab to get to work , and called the place where I had oil changed to make sure they did use synthetic oil and why it wouldnt run. The car did start right up tho. They said the oil could be too cold. Some guys at work told me to check tosee if the plug was in , if the oil had drained out. Or something about a plug? by the filter could come loose? I will prob have to call a tow truck, if I cant drive it. I dont see aheatwave in the near future. I seen something about a heated dipstick? can we get them? ha

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My 2003 1.8L Passat at 62K indicated Oil Pressure, Stop Engine. I had been low on oil for longer than I realized, though the car didn't indicate to me anything. I added a quart 5-40 synthetic as usual, and about 300 miles mid way on a road trip is when the warning lit up!
I had been to the dealer last year and there was a mention of sludge developing in these cars. They suggested I bring it in to remove sludge but life got busy, and it never happened. Evidently this model Passat is notorious for this oil sludge problem.
My Passat needed a new oil pump $800 later half way between destination and home. Luckily I was in a town with a 30 VW mechanic who was very good. The sludge (carbon deposits) had blocked pump pickup. Oil level was good. The computer didn't show anything, but the oil pressure test discovered PSI went down when RPM's went up. Not good.
This problem is very serious as it has ruined engines. I guess I was lucky in the fact that nothing else was damaged. So you may look into this build up. It sounds terribly familiar.

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