: Lack of power, loss of oil pressure



mikeay
02-02-06, 09:38 PM
I found this in my quest to find things interesting:

1996 Cadillac Seville STS
LACK OF POWER, LOSS OF OIL PRESSURE
LACK OF POWER, LOSS OF OIL PRESSURE
TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN

Reference Number(s): 47-61-32B, Date of Issue: March, 1996
Superceded Bulletin(s): 47-61-32A, 47-61-32
LACK OF POWER, LOSS OF OIL PRESSURE (CHECK HARMONIC
BALANCER BOLT TORQUE AND FLUSH OIL PUMP RELIEF VALVE)
Model(s): 1993 Cadillac Allante
1993-96 Cadillac Eldorado, Seville
1994-96 Cadillac Concours
1996 Cadillac Sedan DeVille (all above with 4.6L Engine (VINs Y, 9, RPOs LD8, L37)
1995-96 Oldsmobile Aurora with 4.0L Engine (VIN C - RPO L47)
Section: 6 - Engine
Bulletin No.: 47-61-32B
Date: March, 1996
NOTE: This bulletin supersedes Technical Service Bulletin number 47-61-32A, (Section6 - Engine).
CONDITION
Some owners may comment on low oil pressure which may display a "Low Oil Pressure" message and/or a
"Malfunction Indicator Lamp" (Service Engine Soon) telltale. Vehicle owners may comment that these telltale
messages illuminate at engine speeds of 1000 RPM and above.
CAUSE
Lack of oil pressure may be caused by:
z Particles from the manufacturing process sticking the oil pump relief valve, not allowing the valve to seal
to its seat which does not allow the pump to prime.
z A loose harmonic balancer bolt which will result in the oil pump not turning.
CORRECTION
Thursday, February 02, 2006 8:28:42 PM Page 1 2004 Mitchell Repair Information Company, LLC.

1996 Cadillac Seville STS
LACK OF POWER, LOSS OF OIL PRESSURE
Ensure the harmonic balancer bolt is tightened to spec. The correct torque value for this bolt is 60 N.m (44 ft-lb)
plus 120 for 1993-95 engines with an M18 bolt and 50 N.m (37 ft-lb) plus 120 for 1996 engines with an M14
bolt.
NOTE: A small number of 1995 engines were built with crankshafts equipped with the
M14 bolt. Identify the size of the bolt to determine the proper torque
specification.

If the bolt is to specification, the cause of the low oil pressure is internal to the pump.
To remove particles from the relief valve in the oil pump, perform the following procedure:

1. Add an ADDITIONAL 10 to 12 quarts (liters) of engine oil to the engine. This will immerse the pump
completely in oil.

2. Start the engine and repeatedly open the throttle (rev the engine) from idle to 3500 RPM. This will allow
the pump to prime; cycling the relief valve forces any debris from the relief valve.
NOTE: Do not operate the engine above 3500 RPM. Doing so will aerate the
engine oil and/or force excess engine oil into the PCV system. DO NOT
DRIVE THE VEHICLE while the additional oil is in the engine.
NOTE: After the engine has sufficient oil pressure, any valve train noise
associated with this low oil pressure condition should not be evident upon
restarting the vehicle and the low oil pressure and malfunction indicator
lamp (service engine soon) messages should not remain illuminated.

3. After engine has sufficient oil pressure, drain the crankcase. Reinstall the engine oil pan drain plug.

4. Add 7 quarts of engine oil and check the oil level. Make sure the vehicle is on a level surface and the
engine operating temperature is 100C when checking the oil level with the engine stopped for 15-20
seconds.

WARRANTY INFORMATION
For vehicles repaired under warranty, use:
LABOR OPERATION NO.: J0989
LABOR TIME: 0.5 hr.

Ranger
02-02-06, 11:02 PM
Yes., our former Guru mentioned this several times, although I recall him saying overfill by 8 qts.

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phillyfrank
04-12-09, 02:19 PM
does the overflow method work on 94 Eldorado with a 4.9 engine? I do NOT have the Northstar.:bonkers: