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Sudden oil leak and engine noise

Bought my Jeep 4 days ago. The oil was clean and full. Engine had no noise. Drove it to the beach todat approximately 25 miles away. On the way home, it started making a rapping noise for about 20 minutes. Got home checked oil and it was empty. I put 4 quats in and notices it leaking near the oil filter and still making noise. What happened?

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  • csweet502 Jun 18, 2009

    Unfortunately it was from a private sale, as is.

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It looks like you drove your car with no oil in your engine, unfortunately you should have stopped the moment you started to hear the "rapping noise" since you could have severely damaged your engine. If the noise continues even if you have a normal oil reading you most likely would have to overhaul your engine since by driving it oil dry several parts may have resulted damaged.

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That is not good. My guess, based on what you've told us, is that the filter was either not tightened properly, or when they removed the old onethey filed to remove the old gasket. The same thing happened to my car a couple years ago, I lost oil pressure and the lifters started rattling. Fortunately, I shut the car off and had it towed. I caught it before the engine was damaged.

Take the Jeep back to wherever you bought it and tell them what you've told us. It is their fault and if there is engine damage, they need to fix it.

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  • Gregory Jun 18, 2009

    There's some leeway with "as-is" sales that take blatant negligence into account. If you're willing to go the distance, you may want to consult with an attorney and see if you can take them to small claims court. Consultation fees aren't super expensive and you may save yourself the cost of some expensive repairs.

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I currently have a 1990 Jeep Cherokee that has a bad oil pump. From a cold start there is no noise and it has good pressure but as the oil warms up and thins out the lifters start tapping and the pressure drops down. The oil lubes the lifters and when there is no oil they tap. Lifters can't actually go bad. They get worn. Although there could be other damage.

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