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I have a 97' Cavalier and there is no oil getting to the top half of the engine. Me and a friend pulled the valve cover off and it is bone dry as well as there is no visible oil pumping out while running. We talked about it and decided to pull the oil pan to check the filter as well as the pump. Is there any easy way to get the pan off without taking half the bottom of the car apart?

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This same thing just happened to me today. Riding along fine and then the car stopped. No oil at all getting to the camps. Timing chain is bone dry. What did you guys figure out?

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I wouldn't remove the pan just to LOOK at something just yet.
Check the engine oil pressure with a manual gauge to determine the pressure.Install the gauge in the oil pressure port on the intake camshaft carrier, and observe the oil pressure at idle and at 3000 RPM. Have you checked the oil filter or replaced it? It could have collapsed or be restricting flow...possible check valve inop.
How many miles on the engine? Possible cam bearing wear causeing oil to divert and not build pressure. If no problems are found here, and oil PSI is ok THEN it's a possible oil pump problem, there is no internal filter, only a screen on the pickup.
may have to lower the frame assembly....i have managed to get the pans out if you undo the bolts holding the front frame. it is tight... drop right side farther than left. you may have to drop right side lower ball joint to get it down far enough.
Good luck...i hope this helps, please rate me a fixya

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