2002 Nissan Pathfinder



April, 28, 2010 AT 11:02 AM

Engine Mechanical problem
2002 Nissan Pathfinder 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 87000 miles

Own a '02 4 x 4 pathfinder.

noticed yesterday, due to starting problem - that there was no oil in dipstick. Ran to store (in another vehicle) poured 3 litres of oil.

drove home took off cover. No oil dripping, no oil marks in exhaust. No problems with acceleration, etc.

was planning to go to mechanic for compression test. Engine oil lite did not come on, but does come on with other lights during starting and then goes off.

by the way battery was at 14V - this is why I looked at engine oil



1 Answer



April, 28, 2010 AT 4:04 PM

Nothing you described suggests any engine mechanical problems. All engines consume some oil. The longer you wait between checking, the lower the oil level is going to be. How fast it gets consumed depends on the engine's mechanical condition, how much it's driven and any leaks.

The engine oil lamp works from oil pressure and not necessarily oil level. If the oil light only ever turned on with the " Ignition-On" and " Engine Not Running", then the oil pressure warning system is working properly and, though the level was very low, it was apparently not so low to deprive the engine of oil pressure. Good thing you added oil when you did.

You should check your engine oil level regularly. How frequently would depend on how old the car is and how much you drive, but at least once every month or so if you drive the vehicle every day.

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