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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-11-2001, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Oh no! Oil in the cab!

Finally got all the glass put back in the doors last night with the help of a buddy. After we finished we went out to a tank storage yard that my company owns. They were doing some work out there and there are plenty of dirt piles to play on. I reached down to put it in 4WD and came back up with a handfull of motor oil! After further investigation the entire floor, shifter and pant leg of my buddy were covered. There was even oil up under the dash! My oil pressure gauge must have sprang a leak somwhere and shot oil everywhere! By the looks of my dipstick it was over 1/2 a quart! I've been wanting to put in after-market gauges for a while and now I have a reason - vengance!

My girlfriend said if I spent one more dime on my Jeep she would leave. Man I'm going to miss her!
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Re: Oh no! Oil in the cab!

Good thing that you reached down for that shifter, driving at night, over a long distance with the oil spilling out of you pan... could have been a lot worse.

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You must have a mechanical gauge. Had that happen to me once too. The nylon oil tubing going into the gauge came out of the back of the gauge. I'm not a big fan of that tubing. Another time, I had the engine end melt because of exhaust heat. Kinda scary when you glance at the gauge and there is no oil pressure, then you see smoke rolling from under the hood. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] Caught it quickly and no harm done, just had oil squirting on hot exhaust. Need to find a better type of tubing. Like the other post said, at least it you caught it quick (hopefully) before damage was done.

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Re: Oh no! Oil in the cab!

If you have the plastic capillary tubing from the sender to the gauge... you can upgarade for about $10 for Copper tubing. The stuff's avaliable at NAPA.

Plastic line is less prone to vibration damage.
Copper line is less prone to pulling out of the fittings.

Pick your poison...

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Re: Oh no! Oil in the cab!

I had that happened to me too. I was lucky, I saw it when it popped of the back of the gauge and started leaking on the floor. Another time it happened under the hood. Burned or wore in two, can't remember. Jeepchick was gonna drive the CJ when I saw oil pouring out the bottom of the jeep. Very lucky that time, she would have called and ask me what's up with all the noise, smoke and why the motor won't turn over anymore! I all ready had to overhaul it once before when she got it hot and fried a couple of pistons!

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Re: Oh no! Oil in the cab!

Do yourself a favor and throw that thing as far as you can and get an electric guage. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
My dad actually killed an engine with one of those things once. The tubing blew out on the interstate and instantly dumped all the oil, and before he realized it and stopped, the engine had a meltdown. It actually melted the pistons and left aluminum on the cylinder walls.
It can happen with a electric sending unit too, but not near as likely.

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