I'm not here to make you mad or upset. Here to help the best I can!
I am AN--AL with my Jeeps, I have two, a '46 Willys ("Willy")and a '77 CJ5 (MR. JEEP)I check my oil EVERY SATURDAY MORNING, thats just my habit. I watch my GAUGES RELIGIOUSLY
I work on my stuff out of necessity and to aid friends and family. Hence: I am a "SELF CERTIFIED REAR LAWN MECHANIC" and have been since I was about 10, hanging around with the "Older Guys"
I simply do not trust anyone else with my Jeeps, I have found that people do not care about MY STUFF LIKE I DO!
Same goes for Wifes Car--I'm not up to speed on all of this computer stuff, so I have "Connections" (Friends who are mechanics) that Teach me/ aid in repairs on hers. Never leaving my sight, and learning as I go
I know mechanical stuff well and do all of that stuff myself.
I researched several manuals before deciding to answer you, so that I might do it "Tactfully"
I have my way, which is sometimes overboard--thats why I checked manuals--This is my findings and you will/should recognize my "OPINIONS" within
3 Manuals say: Check oil level EVERY 250 miles or ONCE A WEEK. Your owners manual may say something similar
THIS MEANS PULLING THE STICK-WIPING IT OFF-REINSERTING IT-PULLING IT ONCE MORE FOR THE ACTUAL CHECK. VEHICLE OFF MODE
TOO LATE NOW. LESSON LEARNED!
Your oil can leak out/ burn thru your engine/ neighborhood kids vandalize your rig/ rock knocks a hole in your pan. If the SUPER OIL CHANGER GUYS changed your oil. And you were not watching AND/ OR CHECKING BEHIND THEM (pull the stick afterward). Maybe you started out LOW, at that point.I experienced (in a company truck) they do not FILL you up/ they put you in the "SAFE" marks. Sorta which came 1st the chicken or the egg?
Cell phones now play a big part in the type service you get ANYWHERE!
When the Temp Gauge indicates hot---you might travel another 2-300 yards and get to a safe location.----BAD BUT NOT CRITICAL!
WHEN THE OIL GAUGE/ IDIOT LIGHT COMES ON--YOU BETTER SHUT "him" OFF IMMEDIATELY. PULL OVER. OR COAST SOMEWHERE. IMMEDIATELY CRITICAL!
Even if your light came on---and YOU ARE FULL OF OIL--Mr. Oil Pump coulda went out, and continuing to drive it will MUFF up your bearings and such. As if there was no oil at all!
A COUNTRY-BOY SIMILARITY IS : Sitting on some cardboard, being pulled behind a pick-up truck. Suddenly the cardboard flies out. Do you continue to hang onto the "water-ski rope" Or do we turn loose and not damage the GOODS?
OK preaching is over,
If the ticking sounds like it is up high (under the valve covers) not low in the block. Lets try NEW OIL (what you have in now is fine) But as you fill it back to the top--substitute a quart of HIGH TACH or LUCAS OIL STABILIZER for a Quart of the oil you "WERE" gonna refill with. If too late, drain a quart out, then put it in
Maybe nothing got real bad damaged, and your Tappets (hydraulic lifters) went dry and are not hurt.
The other TOUGH QUESTION you must ask the DRIVER at the time of occurrence is:HOW LONG AND HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU SEE THE WARNING. AND HOW LONG DID YOU CONTINUE TO DRIVE IT?
I HAVE FOUND THE ANSWER USUALLY DOES NOT MATCH THE DAMAGE. Just one of those facts you must live with, and try to make the best of it
I try to not write novels, but I get carried away
I hope you Jeep fairs great--they are tough, I never had a "car" for my own. Just CJs
Please Respond. Even to chew on me!
Let me know if the stabilizer works
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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 AT 2:06 AM