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.
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.
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
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
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.
On Fri, 30 Dec 2005 21:20:59 -0600, email@example.com (m Ransley)
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