Mechanics

ENGINE RAN WITH NO OIL???

2010 Toyota Camry • 60,000 miles

I had the Camry into greasemonkey for an oil change, went on a 1200 mile round trip the same day right after the service. 300 miles back on the way home we pulled off due to engine noise. Opened the hood and checked the oil to find out there was none in it. Had to add 4 1/2 qts to get it to the correct level. Kept pulling over every 75 miles to add about 1qt oil to top off, Im not sure how many miles it was driven with little or no oil in it. Got it back to the dealer and found out the cause was a crack in the oil filter housing unit. Talking to the mechanic here, he said that pretty much the only answer that would cause this to happen was overtightening the filter. When we pulled off the road the engine was ticking, after adding the oil it went a way a little bit. I'm wondering that once the filter housing is replaced, if there is no engine noise, do you think it will be ok? This is Greasemonkeys fault and I don't want problems to show up down the road if there was damage caused by running it with no oil. The oil light never came on at all, but like I said when I was driving on the way home the engine was definitely knocking before we added oil.
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Crosland
November 8, 2011.



Hi well it is never good for a engine to run out of oil. But my concern would be why the low oil light never came on. There could be problems down the road without disassembling engine and inspecting crank and rods for damage. If you can't get anyone dealer or oil change place. And there is no noise then I guess it will prob be ok.

Billymac
Nov 8, 2011.
I just heard back from the dealer that was working on it, they replaced that housing and said everything sounds fine. Should I get some kind of written agreement from Greasemonkey saying that if there is anything that happens to the engine say in the next 15,000 miles they are responsible? Or do you recommend I talk to an attorney? It's a $20,000 car and I would hate for something to happen because of this. Like I said before the engine was knocking pretty good before we added oil the first time.

Tiny
Crosland
Nov 8, 2011.
Hi I am sure the lube shop will not give you a paper that say's they are responsible. Honestly if it were mine I would fight for a new engine.I would prob talk with the lube shop before the attorney but if no help there then whatever means nessacary to make you feel comfortable with your vehicle again. It may be a dead end road but certainly worth a try. Good luck

Billymac
Nov 8, 2011.
Its fine if you got it fixed and its not leaking if theres nothing happening know it wont be a problem and not all cars have low oil lights I wold get kind of guarante at least

Tiny
Cstarkc
Nov 8, 2011.
This car has low oi; light and low oil pressure guage. Plus it is a 20.000 dollar car yes prob would be ok but no one knows that.

Billymac
Nov 9, 2011.
That is my biggest concern is its a $20,000 car and because of Greasemonkey I at least drove the car down the freeway 200 miles with less than 1/2 qt oil in it. So much that the engine was knocking when I pulled over. I'm thinking that when I talk to Greasemonkey if they don't want to give me a written agreement saying that if something happens to the engine in the next so many miles that can be related to this that they will be responsible. The other thought I had was to request they pay for the dealership to tear into the engine and see if they can determine if any damage was caused. Do you think that would be q better thing to request rather than the mileage guarantee? I'm extremely ****ed off about this and Greasemonkey has pretty much already agreed they were at fault. I'm not sure what to do, when you guys are thinking about this just think of it as your car and let me know what you would try and have done. Thanks for your input so far.

Tiny
Crosland
Nov 9, 2011.
Yes I agree. Did you explain to the dealer, exactly what happened I am sure you did. And yes I think about every question as if it were my car. Will your car be ok probably. However anyway you go it is a crap shoot.I would have him agree to have the dealer tear down and check rod bearings and crankshaft this is where the damage if any will be. If there is damage then I would demand a new engine.

This is the only way you will be happy with this car for long term. Good luck

Billymac
Nov 9, 2011.