|Originally posted by sspeedstreet:|
All depend how much and where hit.
I've seen sheet metal pans taking a big hit w/o issues, other hits cause big problem."
Origi nally posted by nickwstp:"
"Not unusual? or not usual?"
Plugging the pickup is very hard to impossible from denting or even crushing the pan.
Breaking the tube or bending the flange bolts to oil pump is more easy.
"Yes, I know this and it's why I'm asking. It does look an awful lot like the car was jacked up from the oil pan. The dent is at least 3/4 in. and consumes most of the middle. I drove the car to work (about 15 min at 35-40 mph) and noticed nothing unusual."
"I wonder if this is the average outcome or if that owner is lucky?"
Most oil pickups don't reach the bottom of pan. That so heavy dirt etc can stay in the sump.
Most time you will know if Pump is sucking air because pickup tube is damage. Depending on pump, suck air all the time or only doing thing like hitting gas or brake.
Note that V6 used in Fiero and others... Low oil pressure is often cause by other issues like iffy crank/rod bearings.
"Could the dent in the pan also give a bad reading on the oil dipstick?"
Maybe or not. Depending how big the dent plus most Dipsticks aren't very accurate.
OE spec filter and oil amount, dipstick should be around middle to top of range when engine is cold.