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Oil leak from dipstick

When driving about 80km/hr, the oil started leaking bad from dipstick, temperature was about -30 C. Ran about 200m before I stopped. Oil came out completely, there is no level on the dipstick. Is it crankcase ventilation, or other problem? What else could I brake during these 200m a drove with oil leak?

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  • Artyb Jan 04, 2013

    And the gasket should be OK, there is no antefreeze in oil and no oil in antifreeze. So the leak appears to be only from the dipstick

  • Artyb Jan 04, 2013

    Also, I was driving already for 30min, engine temp. was 60-80 C.

  • Artyb Jan 20, 2013

    It's a mercedes C180 Kompressor 2006, 1,8, 143hp, it has 125000km. Engine type 271.946



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You don't give the make model and year, but I would say you are right in your guess the problem is venting. The hose to the air cleaner could have frozen closed for one example.
You could damage the engine bearings and the oil pump running the engine low on oil.

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  • Artyb Jan 05, 2013

    Thanks, I hope only the venting guess remains true.... Bearings is a much bigger problem, hope I didn't come till that. What are the chances usually? Is there any statistics or just out of experience? Thank you

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    Stephen Jan 05, 2013

    You would not know the condition of the bearings unless you disassembled the engine and looked. Odds are if you run an engine without oil long enough it will damage the oil pump and bearings first.

  • Artyb Jan 05, 2013

    Is the distance 200m (since I noticed the problem and till I stopped the engine) - long enough?

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    Stephen Jan 05, 2013

    200 miles could do some serious damage. But again you really would not know unless you took the engine apart and looked. Running without oil for 10 miles could burn up the bearings and other internal parts. Its also possible one or two quarts of oil remained in the crankcase even with nothing showing on the dipstick which would be enough to prevent serious damage. Its not a question you can answer without examining engine parts.

  • Artyb Jan 05, 2013

    No, I mean 200 meters, sorry. Or about 3 minutes of work max. If it were miles, it would be certainly dead I guess) Thank you guys for information

  • Artyb Jan 19, 2013

    Ok, now I've been in a service. They've taken out spark plugs and found that first 3 cylinders contained oil. So the problem turned out to be the gasket. Compression is fine they said, about 12 in each cylinder. They suggest except for gasket replacement, to open the engine pan and check the condition of crank shaft and so further - they think there might have been a hydraulic impact because of oil. Do you guys think it's worth it, or it's just a way to pinch some money from me for "replacing" some more parts? Maybe it's more sound just to change gasket and close it....

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    Stephen Jan 19, 2013

    You never did say what the make model and year is, so I have no idea what the vehicle is worth. Not sure which gasket you are talking about.



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The oil has to be going somewhere. Just to clarify, when you say no oil on the dip stick, You do mean when checking the oil correct? If your not leaking oil, then perhaps you are burning oil? How often do you add oil to this vehicle and how many miles are on this vehicle?

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As a matter of fact, the oil should be checked with the engine OFF, cold or warm. I personally think it is more accurate to check the engine oil level in the morning before the vehicle is started. The reading you should get with the engine cold is FULL.
The transmission fluid on the other hand, should be checked with the engine warm and running.
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