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Oil Plug lost while driving

After I brought my trick to the dealership for scheduled maintenance, the plug felll out while driving. My truck spewed oil all over the side walk and I was not pleased.

By the looks of it the plug burst out and there was a large spray pattern around the oil pan.

I am looking for any information on possible damage to look for and after effects. My knowledge is rather limited on the subject.
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Wow cant say I have heard of that on a PSD> I had the plug fall out on me in my old chevy truck and the engine siezed. After an oil change I poped the clutch and got her broke lose but the damage was done. I only got a couple hundred more miles out of that engine!

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was it running when the plug and all the oil came out? if it was just sitting then you're probably alright. if it was running, just depends on how quickly you got it shut off. call the dealer and make them take care of it.

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It was running. By the time I shut if off there was still oil coming out. Dealer said only lost 5l but do not see how that can be with no plug.
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what year is your truck

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There must have been enough oil still left to run the lifters. They are hydraulic, so if you loose oil, the engine won't run.


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There must have been enough oil still left to run the lifters. They are hydraulic, so if you loose oil, the engine won't run.
It would take a long time for that to happen. IF its a 7.3 or a 6.0 and it was running your ok. The reasone for this is the injectors are oil fired. The engine can still have a little oil pressure for the bearings ect but not have enough oil for the high pressure oil pump to run the injectors. There was a truck low on oil that died in front of my house one time that two gallons of oil to gett it running but never had a lick of trouble after that. HEUI injection systems are kinda nice in this aspect as a safety if you do loose oil pressure the engine wont run.

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I kinda forgot about the hydraulic injectors too! LOL


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Ya usually thats what will shut them down first. I think if it was running still he's good as long as its not a 6.4. BUt even they might shut themselves off with no oil pressure i dont know.

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I agree, the injectors would quit first. He should be ok if it was still running. The 6.4's probably have some kind of low oil shutdown eletronically, but mechanically they have a different injection system so i think they would still run. I am no 6.4 expert though.


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