Low oil pressure problem

Tiny
KINGS128
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  • 2014 VOLKSWAGEN POLO
  • 1.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 24,000 MILES
Hi, Kelly I saw a post question you posted in a group regarding your car having low oil pressure and then cutting out. I wanted to know if there was any solution as I'm going through the same thing with my 2014 petrol Polo. It doesn't start at all now. Like the battery is dead. The battery was already low but even with jump leads it won't fire up due to the low oil pressure.
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Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 AT 2:43 AM

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Tiny
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Hey KINGS128,

Just to start I know this sounds obvious but have you checked the engine oil level?

What happened prior to the vehicle not starting?

Have you had the oil pressure warning light on?

If you can describe what has happened so far and what you have tried we can start narrowing down the potential issues.

Regards, Joe
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Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 AT 10:58 PM
Tiny
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Hello Joe, this is from a 2014 Automatic vw polo. Basically the car hadn't been started for a couple of months and I wanted to take the car for a drive. But there was a scrape in the oil sump area which I wasn't aware off and it lead to a couple of holes underneath, and on the dashboard the 'oil pressure low' message came on. I had the engine running for fifteen minutes and engaged the car for around 100 yards and left the car at a stand still whilst I got oil out of the boot. I wanted to rev the engine before I turned the car off but I got a message on the dashboard telling me to restart the engine and the engine cut off. Tried to start it up again and there was no response I thought the battery had died so went to jump start it and nothing started up. I poured oil in and it came straight through underneath which I am not lead to believe there was no oil in the car at all. The engine did sound a bit rattly when I had it started with the bonnet open, but nothing too noisy.
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Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 AT 2:38 PM
Tiny
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Hey KINGS128,

The problem that you may have is that by running it completely dry of oil you may have overheated internal engine parts which then wear extremely quickly. They also get extremely hot and can melt causing the engine to seize.

If the engine oil pressure low warning comes on you have to shut off the engine immediately to prevent damage.

If the engine will not turn over at all by the starter then the first thing that would be checked is to try and turn the engine over by hand.

I do not have the specs for your vehicle here so I cannot provide you with a diagram unfortunately.

There will be a bolt at the centre of the crank pulley which you can turn with a socket and bar.

You will need to ensure the correct rotation of your engine first as turning in the opposite direction can cause the timing belt/chain to jump.

If you cannot turn the engine by hand then it will need to be stripped to inspect.

From your description it looks like you may have engine damage.

I would advise getting the vehicle towed and checked by a shop if you are not that mechanically minded.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but at this stage it is better to not make things any worse if you can.

Regards, Joe
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Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 AT 6:34 PM
Tiny
KINGS128
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Thanks Joe, i'm in the process of investigating the process but not looking forward to an engine replacement!
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Thursday, March 28th, 2019 AT 10:10 AM
Tiny
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Hey KINGS128,

If you can send a picture of the end of the engine with the auxiliary drive belt. I can point out what you would need to turn to check if the engine is seized if you can't get it to a shop. From what I can tell most all VW engines turn clockwise from the front of the engine (drive belt end).

It is an unfortunate situation, never fun to find you might be in for a major repair.

Any other questions I will try and answer the best I can.

Best of luck with the investigations.

Regards, Joe
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Thursday, March 28th, 2019 AT 10:34 AM

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