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Old 04-30-2008, 07:56 PM   #1
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Exclamation Narrowly avoided engine FAILURE!!!!!!!

Well it started out as any other day..... got up, went to work, decided to take the long way home to get more break in on the engine....

On the way home I stop off at the local mom and pop store to pick up a couple of cans of brake cleaner since I was going to take the rotors and calipers off and paint them, when I stopped I noticed some smoke coming out of the hood so I open it and I still see smoke but I dont see where its coming from.

Since just seconds before I was in boost I chaulk it up the the header wrap curing. I get home and jack up the car, when I get the wheel off I see a bunch of oil spots all over the floor... first thing comes to mind is my oil drain line is leaking... so I go ahead and finish doing the brakes and put the car on the lift for a better look.

I soon figure out its leaking from a brass extension next to the oil filter.. this is where I put my aftermarket oil pressure sending unit. Well the extension is about 4 inches long and has both the aftermarket and stock sending units on it. The extension was a little loose feeling so I decide that I'll take a closer look after I do alittle maintenance to the lift (you have to relevel it every 6 months)

When I back the car off the lift I notice all kinds of oil EVERYWHERE!!!! Once I finish with the lift I put the car back on the lift and this is what I saw....






Once I put almost 15 pounds of oil dry on it (cheap ass kitty litter) I see the whole underside is COVERED with oil. I decide to take the extension out and re install it... well it sorta just broke off in my hand.

Apparently the strain of the 2 sending units and the vibration from the car itself caused the brass to crack right in the threads.




Unfortunately the F__ker BROKE OFF EVEN WITH THE BLOCK!!!!




So tomorrow after work I'm off to find an easy out big enough to get it out of the block.

If that had broken out on the road I would have been screwed... not to mention the possible damage it could have caused on the motor (180 miles on it now)

Luckily I have this to drive to work tomorrow........ one of the RARE 1996 Mystic Cobra's




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Old 04-30-2008, 08:04 PM   #2
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well that just sucks. but at least it broke off in your hand and not going down the road.

and im sure it doesnt hurt your feelings to bad to HAVE to drive that. lol
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:10 PM   #3
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Damn, hope you get her fixed soon. Have fun with the Mystic too!

I also sent you a PM about using Safeguard for my install.
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Oh that sucks, what kind of fitting will you use next time?
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:18 PM   #6
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Yea no shit

I'm not sure what I'm going to use... right now I'm thinking to just use the factory one (to get it going) and worry about that some other day.

Actually I think when my buddy installed it he put it in too tight and weakend the brass fitting.
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Maybe you should use the expensive kitty litter so you wont use as much...lol.... just kidding man. thats too bad you have to drive a mystic cobra mustang instead of a turbod focus.. I know id be upset...haha. well its a good thing it didnt give out on the road that would have really sucked..well good luck on your find if you were here i could help you out im sure i have one big enough for it but your not so good luck.. ps i think i found my easy out kit at lowes.
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order you some aluminum ones like are used in -AN fittings. they are a lot stronger than the brass.
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Dude, seriously where will it end with you. Others say curse I say you are f-ing lucky once again. HOw many people can blow a motor twince and not damage the block and then nearly lose all the oil but be lucky enough to do it in the garage instead of flying down the road.
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I have stainless and harden steel nipples and lots of easy outs
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