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Oil light remains on

Just changed my timing belt now i am hearing a whistling sound every time i accelerate and the oil light remains on after starting vechile
3s 4 cilinder

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  • pessoa_d Sep 01, 2008

    i hope to get a fast response that will solve my promlem

  • pessoa_d Sep 04, 2008

    promlem solved i had a clogged oil screen and oil pump thanks but the whining remains

  • pessoa_d Sep 09, 2008

    the oil light was on when i checked the oil screen was clogged i replaced it and the filter now things have gotten worse i am now hearing a knocking in the engine (not the crankshaft) what else could be damaged be cause of low oil pressure

  • pessoa_d Sep 09, 2008

    I have done exactly what you said and the knocking is coming from the bottom of the engine the bearings are gone instruct me on how to rebuild. do i have to change the crankshaft or the rods

  • pessoa_d Sep 10, 2008

    I have a engine that was overheating Iam thinking of removing the rods and crank Do i have to remove the head of the enginr to replace the rods


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The whining your hearing is the timing belt idler or tensioner pulley. The belt is alittle tight but the whining will stop after a while after you get some miles on it. Try replacing your oil pressure sending unit and see if the light turns off. If not, you'll have to remove the timing covers again and double check your marks. Also, this is a no brainer but I have to ask, is your oil level ok.

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    Lee Quiroz Sep 09, 2008

    If you're hearing the knocking in the lower end of the engine the main and rod bearing damage is done. You have excessive clearance there. Take a good listen to the engine when it's at operating temp. and try to locate the souce of the knock. If it's in the bottom end, the bearings are done. Time for a rebuild.

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    Lee Quiroz Sep 10, 2008

    You're going to have to remove the crank and the rods. Have the rods re-sized and the crank turned, This is actually very complicated. It's a little more advanced for the home owner to do. Weigh your options. It may be cheaper to install a known good engine. For your car, rebuilding it could be very costly.

  • Lee Quiroz
    Lee Quiroz Sep 11, 2008

    Yes you'll have to remove the head to remove the piston/rod assembly. Go to an auto parts store and find a Haynes manual for you car. It will show a step by step process of replacing your lower rotating assembly.


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