October 17, 2007

Broken oil pump – Season over


It turned out the good old oil pressure gage was working just fine but the oil pump wasn’t… On the way home the gage kept not showing any oil pressure and I was getting a little worried. After about 10 Km the engine acted weird and when I pressed the clutch the engine just died. Releasing it again showed a locked engine and it looked very bad!
Parking at the roadside being pissed for not checking if the oil pressure gage was actually telling the truth a friend stopped asking if he could help. After checking for oil and temperature I tried the starter and luckily the good old Twink started again. We found the entrance for the oil pressure gage connection and unscrewing it proved that there was no oil pressure.
While waiting for the flatbed trailer to be arranged it showed that you’re never lost when stuck on a roadside with an old Seven. Five people stopped to ask if they could help and one of them actually being a local guy knowing my brother ended up picking up the trailer and come back to tow the car to the shop.
At the shop we found the oil pump to be completely worn down and the bearings were in bad shape to. The missing oil pressure surely hasn’t done all the damage to the bearings but probably giving them the last kick over the edge.
All in all the season is over a month early, insurance ending on the 15th of November, and I’m looking for new parts.



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