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Knocking under hood and low oil pressure?

For the past week or so I have noticed a knocking sound coming from under the hood. It isn't always present. When I first start the van I hear nothing, then after about 5-10min I hear it occassionally. When it is present it gets faster when I accelerate and slower when I let off the gas. Also for the past 2 days I have been getting a low oil pressure notice as well. The van only has 67,500 miles on it so I am not sure what could be going on. I know I need an oil change, but am only 100 miles past due and plan on getting one this weekend. Any ideas? I am really stressing about this


Sorry, It is a 2008 Chevy Uplander

4 Answers

  • 7 years ago
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  • Yep; you are on the deathly edge of making the car engine totally unfixable. If it runs you still have hope. Once it seizes"that ultimate final hard knock" and the engine stops running right there. You got something like a solid piece of metal. At that point it is "too late to see the best mechanic in the country". You got nothing.

    So you go now and pay now because they can fix now. They can give you and estimate of how much it is going to cost you before they even start. But figure with a grand.

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    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    When is the last time (if ever) that you actually opened the hood and physically checked your engine's oil level? The "Knocking" sound you hear is probably one of your main connecting rod bearings trying to tell you that your engine is TOAST.

  • 7 years ago

    Engine oil thickens when it is is cool and thins when it is warm. Pinging can come come from engine knock from the wrong octane fuel or carbon build up in your cylinders. It can also can come from your timing be off. But those symptoms happen right away. Oil problems happen when the car warms up. Try Lucas Oil stabilzer they make one for conventional or synthetic oil. It will set you back about $5.00 try it see if it works for you. You can get this just about everywhere. Any auto supply store will have big box retailers have it to. Hope it works for you.

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