Hey guys. Been away for a while but I'm back again. I've done a lot of work on the car over the last few months but more on that later.
I was heading into L.A. this morning to a junkyard to pick up some parts for my Accord. So I'm cruising down the freeway, doing about 80mph, and after about 15 minutes the big bright red Low Oil Pressure light came on. I immediately darted toward the shoulder and shut off the engine as quickly as I could, but I'm pretty sure it was too late. For the couple of seconds I could hear the engine before shutting it off, it sounded awful. Deep groaning noise and a bit of tapping (not knocking). I called AAA and got a tow back to a local auto shop that I trust, they'll look at it tomorrow. I told them everything that happened.
I changed the oil about two months ago, and used the correct type. I even checked the oil this morning before I headed out, it was near full and looked alright. It does burn a little bit of oil over time. Oil filter needed to be changed, not sure when it was last changed but I was about to change it within a few days since I was worried about that. After I had pulled over and shut the car off, I popped the hood and took off the oil cap and looked down in there with a flashlight. A bunch of smoke came out, but otherwise everything looked normal, there was oil everywhere it normally is and nothing looked dry. After a while I pulled the oil dipstick as well, the oil level was where it normally would be when the engine is cold (even though it was still warm). Didn't see any metal shavings. I get the feeling the oil had all been settled back down in the pan for a while not long after I shut the engine off.
So what do you think I'm looking at, here? The fact that it happened so suddenly makes me suspect failed oil pump
, there are no records of whether it was ever replaced at some point from previous owners. I'll hear from the shop in the next couple of days, but I want to see what you all think first. I fear the engine may be ruined now. In the meantime, looks like I'm going to have to find a cheap temporary replacement car on craigslist. Recommendations? $1000 budget (yes I know it's not much)
I've come a long way with this Accord but she may have suffered a serious blow today.