September 20, 2010Last Thursday I did my regular 3,500 mile oil change (valvoline/fram filter). Sunday I decide to go fishing at a spot down the river. Long story short; I get stuck in a hole I`ve driven through 20+ times in the past due to getting high centered. The water/muck was high enough that it was about 3 inches deep in the floorboard. Unfortunately the truck was stuck in this spot for almost 3 hours before a truck with enough balls was able to get us out. I drove straight to my bud`s house about half a mile away and checked the oil...nothing but mud. I drain it immediately and flush through with 4 quarts until its pretty much clean oil coming out. So I put on a new filter, refill the oil and drive home about 4 miles away. It runs like a champ the entire way. As soon as I got home, I pulled the plug and drained it again, it was fairly bad but you could tell it was oil. I flushed it again with another 4 quarts, and then replaced the filter and refilled the oil again. This time I added approx 4 ounces of seafoam. Well, now the motor is knocking at idle and the oil pressure is really low even at high RPM...(pressure is in red-line at idle and only about 30 at 3,500 rpms. The oil on the stick is clean, and at the proper level. So...ideas?
September 20, 2010I agree, doesn`t sound good.
September 20, 2010Well if your dipstick was mucky, or muddy as you say it was, then your oil sump is probably clogged up. Atleast you can only hope thats it.
September 20, 2010I would drop the pan.... quick!
September 20, 2010Wow that sucks. Hope your motor is ok. How the heck does that get mud in the motor though.
September 21, 2010sounds like the oil pump is on its way out but do you still have the sea foam in the motor
i would drop the oil pan and see if there is any more mud inside or is clogging the oil pickup
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I`ll have to wait til Thurs. to drop the pan and check out what`s going on in there; should I run the motor for a few mins prior or not?
September 21, 2010My guess would be maybe for a short time, just to get the oil warmer so it drains better, but Im no expert so maybe that could hurt it more, ask around but thats my
September 21, 2010i wouldn`t run it just in case to pump does go out
just open up the plug and let it drain then drop the pan
good thing is if you do need to replace the pump you are already there