From: Grimly Curmudgeon on 14 Jul 2010 13:38
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
drugs began to take hold. I remember "shazzbat"
<shazzbat(a)spamlessness.fsnet.co.uk> saying something like:
>I had an old air-cooled VW in the 70s, and I never checked the oil, just put
>some in when the oil light started to flash going round corners. I did that
>for 3 years, no probs.
An old cooking VW lump likely has less load on the bearings.
>The OP won't have hurt his engine, no oil pressure doesn't mean no oil in
It means the pressurised wedge of oil has gone. Metal-to-metal isn't far
> Although prolonged use like that would not be a good idea.
Indeed. He'd been doing it for a while before I noticed.
From: MattF on 14 Jul 2010 15:23
"Adrian" <toomany2cvs(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
> Elder <carl.robson(a)bouncing-czechs.com> gurgled happily, sounding much
> like they were saying:
>>> > Does it do any lasting damage, running with a low oil level? Our
>>> > Mazda 6 ran low enough on oil recently for the oil light to flash on
>>> > once.
>>> It's not a low oil LEVEL light, it's a low oil PRESSURE light.
>> Don't know about Mazda, but a lot of Jap cars have both, an Orange do
>> something about it level light, and a Red, you are so fucked, pressure
> Furry muff.
> I've never once seen a low oil level light. Oil level gauges, yes. Idiot
> light, no. But I tend to avoid Japanese cars.
My Mk3 Escort GL had a whole array of warning lights such as brake pad
level, screenwash and low oil level.
The oil one worked using a special dipstick connected to the electrics.
From: Mike Tomlinson on 17 Jul 2010 17:09
In article <MPG.26a6691c3d2833139896ee(a)news.individual.net>, Elder
> a Red, you are so fucked, pressure
aka "Idiot light", only found on French cars. Comes on when the engine
is already fucked.
(='.'=) Bunny's thinking about giving Windows 7
(")_(") a go despite what he's said about it...
From: steve robinson on 18 Jul 2010 06:26
Chris Whelan wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Jul 2010 23:20:15 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:
> > Don't bikes generally have roller bearings so a bit more tolerant
> > of a short time without oil?
> Conversely, some of them rely almost 100% on oil for cooling.
They also rely on the same oil to lubricate the gearbox
From: Chris Whelan on 18 Jul 2010 06:35
On Sun, 18 Jul 2010 10:26:02 +0000, steve robinson wrote:
> Chris Whelan wrote:
>> On Tue, 13 Jul 2010 23:20:15 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:
>> > Don't bikes generally have roller bearings so a bit more tolerant of
>> > a short time without oil?
>> Conversely, some of them rely almost 100% on oil for cooling.
> They also rely on the same oil to lubricate the gearbox
Indeed, as do some cars of course.
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