Engine & Gearbox The Oil Pressure Light of Death

Discussion in '7th Generation (2003-2008) [Acura TSX]' started by Badger, Saturday 23rd Nov, 2013.

  1. Badger Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Afternoon all...

    I posted in my intro that my trusty steed (54 plate CTDi) was suffering form the rattly timing chain of doom... however my month has just got a lot worse...!

    Leaving for work the other morning , about 100 yards up the road, the oil pressure light of death came on. :Aghast: Rightly or wrongly, as I was close to home I opted to limp the car back.

    The engine sounds even less happier than usual due to the lack of lubrication. Based on this along with checking the oil and filter, both satis, I've ruled out the oil pressure sender unit.

    So. Onto the in depth troubleshooting.

    I'm guessing here so please advise / correct me, but I'm suspecting either the oil pick up blocked, oil pump failed, or oil pressure regulator (if there is one) is faulty. My plan is to drop the sump and have a good nose around.

    I have tried to search the site for clues/ previous posts but can't find anything. Q, Is it possible to search for multiple words, i.e. oil + pressure? What I did find was the sump removal procedure from Dr Ichiban - much chuffed.

    Due to male hoarding syndrome, I've only just got the car in the garage, so will start to get the sump off unless anyone can suggest otherwise? I spoke to a local Honda specialist who suggested the oil pressure regulator built in to the filter housing but couldn't give me any more info than that.

    Similarly, I think I ought to get a service manual...forgive me asking probably the most common question on the this site, but does anyone sell them on here or should I just try ebay?

    Thanks in advance...

    Time to get dirty...and not in a good way...

    Badger
     
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  2. Topper Harley Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Possibly the oil pump chain has broke.
     
  3. RobB Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I was thinking the same, especially on a 54 plate.
    More likely chain than pump itself.
     
  4. hondavtecr Trader

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    Oil pump chains are really common to break more so than the timing chains.
     
  5. Badger Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I'm still surprised and more so disappointed that these engines have such issues with chains. When I bought the Accord I was thrilled to find out it was chain driven as I thought maintenance free...
     
  6. RobB Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Honda rectified the cause of the problem after 55 plate. To be fair it was their first Diesel engine. The Germans have been making them for years and they're just getting less and less reliable.
     
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  7. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Your right Rob, this is picture of a friends Audi A4 engine from a 2007 model car. Pump chain snapped, no warning what so ever, it wasn't noisey before hand either.

    Apparently its quite common for them to let go like this !



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  8. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Is that a Petrol Audi Speedy?
     
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  11. tonygw Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    Aha yes the 1.8T is well known for sludging up its oil pick up, We have an Audi A4 cabriolet 1.8T so I am aware I need to keep an eye on things. All down to German Audi arrogance and marketing. They sell their cars with variable servicing which is the major contributor to the sludge problem, change the oil every 6K or 6 months and its fine (use the correct synthetic grade) stick to audi's variable servicing (around 20K miles) and your likely to be in for major engine failure due to oil pick up pipe becoming blocked and starving the enigne of oil at some point. its recommended you get the oil pick up pipe replaced at 100K miles regardless to prevent the problem, most who do report the pipe being partially blocked when examined, you got'a love these german companies
    Good eh.. its all over the forums.

    To be honest a lot of Audi and even BMW engines of between 2000 and 2010 are suffering with silly but major mechnical failures such as oil pumps and timing chains. I'm not sure whats gone wrong but reliable they are not. Not anymore.. shame

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  12. RobB Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I think it's likely BMW and VAG have cut costs and thus quality. But the muppets still buy them thinking its a premium brand because it's got a £2.99 badge on the front.
     
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  13. Badger Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Finally got the opportunity to whip the sump off to find the oil pump chain had snapped and was sat concertina'd on top of the oil pump sprocket. The tensioner had done a good job of disintegrating too!

    Onwards with the project.... I hope it goes as well as when Topper did his...

    Just on the phone to HH to buy parts...

    Merry Christmas all.... :beer
     
  14. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Looking forward to see the repair bud. Merry Christmas to you too.... :beer
     
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