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Old 15-07-19, 07:03 PM   #1
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Hello All,
Want to share this headache as garage is getting no where.
Car is a 57 plate and has 31,000 milage on the clock, 2 lady owners so visually in very good condition.....until....

Driving at 20mph car jolted slightly, STOP warning light and low oil pressure message appeared.
Car stalled and I managed to get it to side if road, car would not start again.
Sat waiting on breakdown recovery for some time, of course car went and started when the man came! Hooked up to machine, oh look no faults!
Took it to garage, again no faults and they are clueless to what's wrong.

Couple of things to share.
*Engine flush, oil filter, oil change done 1st May this year
*Oil is only sitting now at quarter on dipstick? How come?
*Car is driven about 30 miles a day approx

Another little nippy happened couple months ago.
Driving 70mph car jerked, started slowing down, rev counter dropped to zero. Jerked again, car went back to normal, no warning lights. Not done it again since.

Big question mark over ones head.
Big mystery
Help appreciated

Thank you 🙂

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Old 15-07-19, 08:05 PM   #2
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Why did you do an engine flush?

When was the fuel filter last replaced?
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Old 15-07-19, 08:44 PM   #3
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I only bought car in April, it had no service history so I decided to get oil and filter change done. They advised me to do the engine flush (as a woman driver I'm clueless)

Fuel filter - no idea but it's on the list to get done hopefully this week

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Old 15-07-19, 10:55 PM   #4
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You should *NEVER* do an engine flush, especially when the engine is running fine. If you feel the oil has been in the car past it's recommended service intervals, then change the oil + filter a bit sooner next time.

I would go so far as to say, don't go back to that garage again, they are either idiots (which I wouldn't want them to work on my car) or they like to do work on cars which isn't required (fraudsters) or they saw a woman and thought "hey, let's take advantage" . How much did they charge you for this engine flush?

After the oil change, did you check the oil was on full before you noticed the engine oil was on the last quarter?

I am not a mechanic but if you came in to me with any car like that, I would advise a full filter and fluid change (Oil, Fuel, Cabin and Air filter + engine oil and check brake fluid + coolant).

I can't say anything for definite but a fuel filter is a cheap item that should be replaced anyway and it sounds like your engine has either ran out of air or fuel. With the low miles, it's most likely the fuel and a blocked fuel filter could cause that.

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Old 16-07-19, 07:11 AM   #5
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Thanks for that, it was National Tyres who done it. I think it was about a tenner.
I'll not be doing that again that's for sure.

I'm calling garage first thing today to get the filter changed, hopefully that's the problem solved. It's currently at D&G autos, I don't think they want to dig deeper into finding the fault they've just done the basics.
When I ask about the oil they just throw various stuff at me and I ask well what's next, how do we deal with it and they just say we have to wait for it to fault again cause the car isn't speaking to them.

Frustrated
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Old 16-07-19, 07:41 AM   #6
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It sounds like the oil was low because the garage didn't fill it up!

The cutting-out problem sounds like an intermittent electrical fault. The usual advice for this difficult situation is to check all earths for tightness and lack of corrosion. As you say you're not in a position to DIY, I would try an getting an auto electrician to do that.

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Old 16-07-19, 08:07 AM   #7
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Don't laugh, are Auto Electricians at car garages or is that completely separate ?

In regards to the oil we did check it and it had been filled so no idea where that oil went, no oil leak though

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I would look for a specialist auto electrician, rather than a garage mechanic who "does" electrics - perhaps Yellow Pages?
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Old 16-07-19, 04:41 PM   #9
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It can be electrical... however wait until the garage gets back to you on the status of the fuel filter, ask them to have a peek at it, if it's excessively dirty, it's most likely that.

Auto-electricians are usually separate and specialise in sorting out auto-electrical faults. Finding a reputable one is the hard part though, although, most, if not all, should be able to trace a grounding fault.

But yes, never take your car back to National Tyres, I can bet they never bothered to use the correct grade oil either.
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Low oil pressure will also trigger stop light so it could just be that causing the cutting out. It may also be the flush has loosened carbon around the engine blocking the oil pump strainer or turbo feed pipe filter (if fitted)
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