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#1 agent_zed

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:21 PM

well i am ashamed to admit that i failed to check the oil and it had got so low that on the commute today the oil pressure light came on a couple of times after some sharp corners. 

 

I wasn't driving hard, and was keeping the revs down as i'd only just changed the head gasket due to a bent valve. The light came on a few times but only for a second or so.

 

It's on an old pinto. 

 

Am i likely to have got away with it? or are the chances not in my favour?

 

 



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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:33 PM

i would think you have dodged a bullet there pintos are many things but fragile they aint 



#3 IanS

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 10:46 PM

I have driven several cars which flikered there oil light on corners.

Admitedly they were old worn cars.

But they kept going for a couple of years after this started.

if its is still running OK top up oil and dont fret



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Posted 10 October 2017 - 06:31 AM

cool. thanks guys that's reassuring. I'll be driving it this morning so fingers crossed. Although i assume any problems will now be a slow process until a dramatic fail.

 

I would be disappointed if it failed as it's only 26 years old with 130k :)



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Posted 10 October 2017 - 11:22 AM

Id agree that if it was only afew flashes, your probably safe. For safety tho id change the oil, let it run up to temp. Then change oil and filter.

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 12:20 PM

Stick a bit of black tape over the light --- always worked in the past -- when no money for oil.



#7 agent_zed

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 12:42 PM

yep oil change and filter is next job to do.

 

I'm not actually sure where the oil went as i was relatively confident it had some and i haven't had any major leaks. I don't seem to be burning much from what i can see. I'll just have to be a bit more careful in future.

 

Taping the light works to save fuel and increase fitness as well, as it doesn't take long before the engine stops and you have to walk home :)



#8 Dave R

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 03:17 PM

something similar wiped out the oilpump and cam bearings on mine.....



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Posted 10 October 2017 - 08:35 PM

something similar wiped out the oilpump and cam bearings on mine.....

 eek well i guess only time will tell now.... fingers crossed