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Old 12-30-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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I have a 95 SC2 saturn, I was driving it at highway speeds when I got to someones house smoke was coming out of the hood, I assumed the one oil leak had came back, so I checked my oil, it was almost at the bottom of the dip stick, I thought I was on level ground and added some oil, did not have enough to put it at the top of the dipstick, so when I went home my car was smoking and making a knocking sound...

The oil had apparently went one quart over the dip stick, but I am not sure if it was the oil that caused the knocking sound or whatever has happened earlier with the smoke. I started the car and tried to find the knocking source of the knocking sound with no luck, and there was no oil on the engine. The car was running for 5 minutes while I was looking for the source of the sound but the smoke never came back.

What should I do or look for? I have came to the understanding some cars are okay being a quart over, so I was wondering if the faster driving could have done something to it?

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Old 12-31-2013, 12:57 AM   #2
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if it is overfull now drain all of it out into a clean pan..use the old oil and fill it back up to the full line/4qts.. restart(this is where everyone jumps in to say don't do it...)the reason i say use the old oil is if you do have a rod knock due to high milage and wear at least you are not out the money for new oil..if by some chance you fill it to where it is suposed to be and drive/run it and the noise is gone (you will eather know right away or with in 1 mile) you can do an oil&filter change...hth

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Old 12-31-2013, 08:26 AM   #3
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Default Re: knocking noise

I had someone looked at it, he said it was not enough oil to hurt the car, but apparently someone dropped a bolt in the engine and that messed it up pretty bad because they never got it back out. I am not exactly sure what we are going to have to replace, but thanks for taking the time and replying.

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Old 12-31-2013, 10:39 AM   #4
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and exactly how do they know this?????????? dropped it in where the oil fill?while doing internal work????

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Old 12-31-2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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I had someone looked at it, he said it was not enough oil to hurt the car, but apparently someone dropped a bolt in the engine and that messed it up pretty bad because they never got it back out. I am not exactly sure what we are going to have to replace, but thanks for taking the time and replying.
How exactly did someone drop a bolt into the engine? Was there engine work done in the past???

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Old 12-31-2013, 01:05 PM   #6
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You would have to take the oil pan off to confirm that bit about a bolt. Because that's the only place it would go. And the bolt would have to be very small to travel with the oil, and if it did it would get picked up by the filter.

Change your oil filter first, if you have a FRAM filter they have paper insides, cardboard. Under enough pressure it will completely drain back and cause what sounds like rod knock. . It just so happens, being that overfull would cause just that.

Too much oil in the engine can also caused blown gaskets, seals, and all sorts of other pressure sensitive aspects of the engine. So overfilling it, if the engine is very worn, could theoretically cause rod knock.

Always consider the angle the engine is sitting at before reading your oil fill level. If you're not sure, it's safe to drive a half-quart low, versus overfilling it so drastically.

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well it was my family, I should have done it myself. its extremely cold right now so the car is still broken down. It has 3 more bolts to be taken off then I should be able to get to the oil pan. If it was not caused by the bolt then I just bought another saturn, we are going to swap engines since the one I just bought is pretty much junk besides the engine. I will be selling whats good out of the car though.

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