I have a huge problem, my brother was driving his car (opera chevrolet) to my house when he couldn't avoid a big rock that was on the road and made a huge hole in the oil pump, because there was no place to stop in the road to check the car, he ran the car for 5 minutes approximately until he found a gas station where to stop. When he noticed what have happened to the oil pump he called the tow truck to pick him up.
The chevrolet Agency had the car for 1 month repairing the damage. Finally, when they told my brother he could picked the car, they made a final test and they found out that the engine had a problem. Now they don't want to repair the engine because they said my brother ran the car with no oil.
So, my question is, How long can a chevrolet optra run without oil? How much time can you run a chevrolet optra without oil before making any serious damage to the engine. If I can prove that the time (5 min) my brother ran the car to the gas station does not represent an important factor in the damage caused in the engine, the chevrolet Agency will pay for everything and my brother will be excused. Thank you very much for your help. Waiting to hear from you.
Sorry to say but 5 min with no oil pressure would be quite long enough to damage the engine, saying that how they decided to repair the engine and not know there was a problem until a final test? Why did they say it was ok for pick up then decide it needed a final test? Something is not right here.
August, 25, 2011 AT 7:51 AM
Got that right. First consider how big the hole is in the oil pan and how high up it is. He may not have lost all the oil in five minutes if the hole was small. Also, the oil pressure warning light would have turned on. That's the time to stop the engine immediately and coast as far as possible.
If all the oil had drained out, the engine would not have lasted a minute, let alone five.
To put it more accurately, an engine can last about as long without oil pressure as a body without blood pressure.