1994 Plymouth Acclaim oil missing?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by tango, Sep 15, 2003.

  1. tango

    tango Guest

    I've been changing oil and filters on cars for 40 years and never had
    anything like this happen. I bought a used plymouth acclaim about a
    year ago and changed oil and filter a couple of times as it isn't
    driven a lot. Today after I drained the oil and replaced the filter the
    oil filler cap started slipping like a locking gas cap and the top part
    finally popped off. I put a funnel in and then realized the actual cap
    was still screwed in and unscrewed cap with pliers and added 5 quarts
    of oil. I cranked the engine and looked under the car for leaks and
    then let car idle, I noticed a little smoke from around the back of the
    engine below the valve cover but figured I spilled a little oil which I
    figured would burn off in a few minutes. After about 5 minutes I shut
    the engine off to check the oil with the dipstick. To my surprise there
    was no oil on the dipstick, I checked again but no oil. Moved vehicle
    and checked for leaks on grass and there was no leaks. It was getting
    dark so I will check it out tomorrow. My question is where is the oil,
    maybe pooled up in the valve area, but wouldn't this cause the oil
    light to come on or valve chatter or other abnormal sounds.
    TIA
     
    tango, Sep 15, 2003
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  2. tango

    tango Guest

    This is a 2.5 engine.
     
    tango, Sep 15, 2003
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  3. tango

    tango Guest

    Checked oil this morning and it is ok on dipstick. It was definitely
    not showing on dipstick last night. I'm concerned about some kind of
    blockage as this never happened on previous changes.
     
    tango, Sep 15, 2003
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  4. On Mon, 15 Sep 2003, tango wrote:

    Very likely. The manifolds are back there.
    Well, it'll always read low if you check it immediately after shutting off
    the engine -- a 5-minute draindown period is needed to get an accurate
    reading.

    How much oil did you put in?
    It would have to be one hell of a blockage, because the 2.5 or 3.0 litre
    engine in your Acclaim (you don't mention which one you have) has plenty
    of internal oil drainage.

    DS
     
    Daniel J. Stern, Sep 15, 2003
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  5. tango

    tango Guest

    Thats what concerns me, it is a 2.5 and I added 5 quarts. Normally the
    oil level will be below full but not by a lot, but I wiped dipstick
    with paper towel and ran dipstick between index finger and thumb and
    there was no oil. Sometimes fresh oil appears clear on the dipstick but
    this was not the case.
    I will idle it a few times before driving it to make sure everything is
    ok.
     
    tango, Sep 16, 2003
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