Engine damage,low oil

Will running a V8 2.5 quarts low on oil for a month seriously damage a Northstar that takes 7 quarts, mainly driven at 30 mph. Does the crankshaft become uncovered below 1 quart down, damaging the crankshaft. I visited the folks and its what I found missing in the cadillac.
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Unless it lost oil pressure (oil light on?), then probably not. I believe those Northstars carry over 7 qts in the pan as it is.
And just for the record, the crank isn't covered by the oil, it is above the oil level and protected by a windage tray. If the crank was submerged then it would great bubbles by splashing in the oil and cause a loss of oil pressure in of itself. The crank is oiled by pressurized oil which is supplied from the oil pump, which pumps it through the crank journals into the main bearings.
FWIW, Northstars are garbage motors anyway. They typically have a low end knock to them - even with moderate miles. Dealers are frequently putting crank kits in them.
-CF

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Yes the 2000 North star is crapp, from day one it goes through nearly a quart in 1000m, but the dealer wont do anything till it looses one quart in 1000 for warranty bs. Oil warning of level check was on for at least one month. I have a 4 camry that at 100000 uses one quart in 5000, Im not impressed with Northstar from day1
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I have two Buicks with the 3.8 liter V6. I change oil at 7500. One has never used oil between changes and now has 106,000 miles, the Regal uses a quart at about 5000 miles and has 146,000 on it. I did change the plugs at 80,000. Nothing else had been done to either one of them. Both give the same performance and mileage as when they wee new. Next car will have the same engine..
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

At the rate you're going, your next engine will be a 6hp electric/oil/wind/solar/biomass hybrid in a plastic, um, "personal transportation device."
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Nah, probably get a new car next year. I've been driving the '91 Regal Ltd. to sort of "use it up" over the next six months. It has the original exhaust and it is starting to go after 15 years and the AC needs expensive work. At least 60% of my driving is highway and while I don't drive like an old fart, I don't drive like when I was 18 either. I still like the way it drives and handles and would not hesitate to hop in and take a cross country drive in it.
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On Fri, 30 Dec 2005 21:20:59 -0600, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (m Ransley) wrote:

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