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Unread 01-28-2006, 10:35 PM   #1
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Oil level LOW!

Well I think my car is eating oil. Because my LCD screen says that I need to check the oil level in my jeep. DOes this mean my jeep is eating oil? is this common among older jeeps or does it mean something is wrong? Can I just add oil to my engine? or do I need an oil check, and repalce all the old oil?

also, for the past few weeks, the little picture of my car on the LCD scren had this red box flashing in the hood (usually meants something needs to be checked under the hood), but sometimes it woiuld appear, and sometimes it would not, so I jsut ignored this. IS it ok to just ignore it? I think its ok because it only flashed and didn;t say anything, like check oil level. But now, after a few weeks, it finalyl says check oil level. So I think that was the problem.

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Unread 01-28-2006, 11:19 PM   #2
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Walk out and lift the hood and pull the little engine oil dipstick out and wipe it off, then repeat and see where the level is. If it's down in the add area, then add oil.

It's quite common for an older vehicle to burn oil, but depending on how much may be signs of a bigger problem. Are there any puddles of oil under the Jeep?
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Unread 01-29-2006, 12:04 PM   #3
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Its also common for them to leak only when under load, like when driving, so you don't find a drip or puddle in your driveway until it gets worse.
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Unread 01-29-2006, 12:07 PM   #4
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Those are good recommendations.


Coolest, crawl under your jeep and check out the oil pan. Take a spanner or an small adjustable wrench and see if your oil drain plug is tight. Not too tight but tight. Also, visually check that it isn't damaged in any way.



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Unread 01-30-2006, 08:01 PM   #5
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i have the same problem, but i assure you that i am leaking no oil.

Is there some sort of sensor that tells if i am low on oil.

If so what is it called, where cna i get it and where do i find it under the hood.

Its getting on my nerves
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Unread 01-30-2006, 08:50 PM   #6
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its probably the oil level sensor, i am betting both of you have 93's , its on the passenger side of the oil pan hump, takes like a 13/16 or 7/8 wrench, has 2 wires coming out. 40.00 sensor from Napa, change it next time you change your oil, or you cna serach and find out what kidna resister it takes to trick the computer to think your oil level is ok
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i have the same problem, but i assure you that i am leaking no oil.

Is there some sort of sensor that tells if i am low on oil.

If so what is it called, where cna i get it and where do i find it under the hood.

Its getting on my nerves
We'll have to know year and engine before we can help you figure out where you sensor might be.
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Unread 01-30-2006, 10:09 PM   #8
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We'll have to know year and engine before we can help you figure out where you sensor might be.
no you dont.

One of your members is a mind reader goodolboy71 you the man! Ide rather fix it then trick my cpu for now. $40 isnt that too bad of a replacement cost.

Thanks alot.

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Unread 01-30-2006, 10:26 PM   #9
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this is what advance auto says it looks like.
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Unread 01-30-2006, 10:58 PM   #10
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thats it,,,just amke sure when you pull yours out it looks like that...mine was brokeoff, making me have to take off the oil pan and get the parts out....i think 93 and early 94's were the only one to have the oil sensor
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Unread 01-31-2006, 01:50 PM   #11
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i have a 93 i6, its in my sig. Ok i will check hte oil pan and stuff. WHen I check the dipstick its in the safe zone. the oil is kinda didrty though, and smelly. I kow its supposed to look like tea ( kind of clear). It is very dark and opaque. Time for an oil change?
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Unread 01-31-2006, 02:40 PM   #12
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Time for an oil change?

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Unread 01-31-2006, 02:43 PM   #13
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Stan i have to assume this is your first car.

THe oil should smell...like oil. It shouldnt stink or smell burned. It should be kinda goldish, almost the shade of the oil you put in a deep fryer.

If its dark its def time for an oil change. do the filter as well as the oil when you change it.
The manual says 5w30 so ide go with that unless you have very high miles.
Youll need a 21mm wrench/socket to remove the lug on teh oil pan and about 2 gallons of oil to fill her back up.

If i'm wrong on anything please feel free to correct me yall
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6 quarts is not 2 gallons. We've given him the first car treatment already.
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Unread 01-31-2006, 04:42 PM   #15
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uhhhh... ok i have all the tools I think, do I really need one of those strap wrenches to get the air filter off and to tighten it? Or can i just do that by hand?

and where would I dump the dirty oil?

and after I drain out all the oil, do I wash the inside out with water? Or just put the plug back in and put the new oil in?\

and also, is it possible to do this without lifting my car? because I have no stands.

and how od I do it so the hot oil doesn;t come out on me right as I open the plug?
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