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E36General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.
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Your Ride: 99 E36
I think i'm f*cked...
i own a 99 E36 M3. never had any problems with it since yesterday.
i was driving for maybe 10 minutes, and i noticed my oil light came on. (it's never been on before, just randomly lit while i drove).
then all of the sudden i heard crackling in the engine and my car started to die. out of no where i haad a few friends randomly saw me and pushed it back to my house.
i;m guessing its the oil pump? and guessing that i;m screwed? anyone know the damage it has caused to my M?
EDIT: smoke was also coming out of the hood
Last edited by joe645733; 03-20-2007 at 04:07 PM..
Your car has a 3.2L all post 95 M3 had 3.2 liters. M3's have been having problems with this a lot. I think the nut that holds the gear on the oil pump might have come off. A lot of people have found that their nut is almost off and some have been finding the problem too late and having dramatic and catastrophic losses of oil pressure. Something in the head might have gotten eaten up, have you looked at the car yet? Drained the oil? ^^^ as above what color was the smoke? When you drain the oil see if there are any flakes of metal or something in it.
good luck, I hope you didn't completely fry the engine.
Rule of thumb if the oil light comes on, pull over as soon as you can, wherever you are just pull off and stop. I've had an engine die on me without the light ever coming on, I was doing 100 in SC on a 100 degree day in an old nissan, I ended up stuck 15 miles from anywhere. I wouldn't ever want to have another go.
i found the oil light only comes on when you are almost completely out of oil...i blew an oil feed line for the turbo which ran off the vanos oil supply...i had a 4.4L jug of oil with me and it only brought it up to the low level mark on the dip stick...i pulled over as soon as the light came on...must have been almost completely out of oil...not sure if anything got messed up