From: Jim Thompson
Subject: Re: How to detect low oil level
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Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 21:16:24 GMT
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On Wed, 30 Oct 2002 15:11:46 -0600,
"George R. Gonzalez" ,
In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.design,
Entitled: "Re: How to detect low oil level",
Wrote the following:
|"Jeroen" wrote in message
|> what's a simple but reliable way to detect a low oil level of a car?
|> Something that's easy to place from the outside, without any disassembly
|> the pan?
|Well, here's a few ways:
|(1) Weigh the car when it's full of oil. Keep track of the amount of gas
|changing weight of passengers, etc.. Then reweigh the car as needed.
|(2) Drill a small hole in the oil-pickup tube a few inches up from the
|If the oil level is okay, the hole will be submerged and all is okay.
|If the oil gets low, the pump will start sucking air and you'll get the LOW
|PRESSURE light blinking at idle. Make the hole small enough so the pump
|doesnt run completely dry at idle.
|(3) Find a big empty space and drive as quickly as possible in a tight
|If the oil is low, it will get tossed to one side of the pan and expose the
|pickup tube, so you'll get the LOW OIL PRESSURE light blinking.
Naaah! Just listen for lifter clatter when you start up ;-)
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