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05-22-2019 12:57 PM
dayofautumn I check the oil regularly. My dad said as long as you own the car, if there's only one thing you ever do to that car, make sure you get oil changes regularly and check the oil. At LEAST the one thing. Speaking of, I'm due this weekend for an oil change.
05-21-2019 06:28 PM
blueseasons It depends how far and for how long it was driven. I used to work at a full-service station when I was younger. I was always surprised how many vehicles came in without any oil showing on the dipstick. Sometimes they bought a quart, sometimes not. I've impressed on my wife how important it is to keep an eye on the gauges. I'd never let the oil get low f curse. We had relatives visiting with their motor home and I piled everyone into the Jeep to go someplace and I immediately noticed there was no charge on the Volt Meter. So we unpiled everybody and the weekend was a bust. I dont know how long it was that way but she didn't see it.
05-17-2019 08:39 PM
GOLDWING My better half is great at letting me know about noises, smells and odd ZJ behavior. Last week she mentioned a pulse under hard braking and today she got new Raybestos rotors up front ($45 shipped RA) and I am happy to report that the problem has been dealt with to her satisfaction.

05-17-2019 06:07 PM
HighLonesome Poor wifey. I do hold mine accountable for reporting noises and changes in operation. It's her ZJ anyways.
05-17-2019 05:55 PM
Originally Posted by PolkaPower View Post
More like you neglected to do maintenance on your vehicle and then bamed your wife.

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I’m not blamin her, it happens we’ve had a leak for awhile but I’d been topping it off until I had the money to fix. But it was indeed a waterfall coming from main seal and up out of distributor cap.
I’m not sure what caused the small leak to accelerate but it’s fixed now.
05-16-2019 07:47 AM
zjosh93 How far/long was it driven low on oil?

6 quarts of oil in a month is a huge oil leak. It would usually leave a huge puddle on the driveway. Even if it was only leaking while the engine was running it would still be pretty obvious. Worth checking out the oil pressure sensor. I've had them fail so that they leak pretty badly.

On the 4.0 you can pull the oil pan and check the main and rod bearings pretty easily. Worth a look if was really 6 quarts low on oil, i.e. no oil.

Compression test is probably not going to tell you anything. Bearings will melt and fail long before the lack of cylinder wall lubrication causes ring seal to suffer. And you'll go deaf from the knocking before the added bearing clearance changes the compression enough to matter.

Oil pressure, new knocking or tapping sounds, visual check of the bearings. That's what I'd do and in that order. Tricky though because you can ruin one rod bearing and still have good oil pressure while the bad bearing ruins the rod and crank. And let's be honest the 4.0 isn't a quiet motor so a faint new tapping could be hard to hear. You'd want to listen for a knock or tap that goes away or comes back when you hit or let off the throttle.
05-16-2019 07:45 AM
StPaul59 That's not a leak, that's a waterfall.

That's 60 quarts a year..
05-16-2019 07:39 AM
jtec 5+ quarts in how many miles? Normal is @1k miles per month, so your leaking 5quarts in a 1k miles??

Might want to check PCV/CCV system.
05-16-2019 05:12 AM
RubiconFreedom I'd say this was a ploy to get rid of that jeep and get her into something new.
05-16-2019 04:47 AM
V8GCZJ Ask the wife if she oil light came on ever? Might want to drain the existing oil and see if you see any obvious damage. Metallic particles/pieces etc... Since you added oil it may have diluted it.
05-15-2019 10:55 PM
PolkaPower More like you neglected to do maintenance on your vehicle and then bamed your wife.

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05-15-2019 10:44 PM
rep-tile It's a 4L. It can take it.

My question is how do you get the wife to check the oil? Mine doesn't even check the fuel gauge.
05-15-2019 08:18 PM
downs I'd pull an oil analysis on it as well as do a compression test.
05-15-2019 07:28 PM
GChief Oil analyst will also let you know. I do them on every new to me used vehicle I get. Well spent $20-25.
05-15-2019 05:34 PM
TheRaccoon thanks, ill have a test ran tommorrow
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