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Low oil pressure

I did an idiot move. I started an oil change in my own garage, drained the old oil out only to discover i only had roughly a liter of new oil. I drove 2 kms in town to the nearest canadian tire. The whole time never going over 30kms/hr or 2000rpms. While on route, the low oil pressure warning came on and off, and there was a odd noise under the hood. After adding oil, the noise stopped within 30 seconds. It runs fine now, but what are the odds that I caused (in my stupidity) serious, or any, damage?

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There is likely did some serious damage.
I visited my sister some years ago, and borrowed her Oldsmobile. I drove it 30 miles, and a rod started knocking. I barely made it home, and I had to pay 900 dollars for an engine overhaul.
4 years later she mentioned she had let the car run out of oil before my visit. Wasn't my fault after all.
I suggest you be prepared for engine failure. Here's how:
Talk to your friends and neighbors and arrange what you will do if you have car trouble.
Put an "emergency" plan into place, so you will be well prepared
for assistance.
For example, when you talk so people you trust, get their phone numbers and have them with you. You might choose to tell them why you might contact them at odd hours.
Get the phone number of a trusted towing service so you will have that for an immediate towing need. Carry that phone # with you.
I personally would not recommend you tear the engine down looking for damage, but having a honest repair garage phone number would be a good thing.

Posted on Jan 09, 2013

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The fuel pump on that model runs through the oil pressure switch so that if the truck looses oil pressure,It kills power to the fuel pump to prevent engine damage.you need to find the cause of the low oil pressure reading(possibly a bad oil switch).That would be the cheapest place to start,or have it checked with a mechanical gauge.Good luck,
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Posted on Mar 30, 2009

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does the engine crank? but just not start up? if so see if the oil pressure sending unit was disconnected during the oil change.

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