It is amazing how people will go to the trouble to have a new engine installed and not check the oil before startup. I went through a situation with a local shop that basically ruined an engine in my truck. They went to the trouble to REPLACE the oil pressure sender at a price of several hundred dollars only to not check and see if there was actual oil pressure or oil in the engine. The oil light was on both before and after the work and somehow that seemed OK to them. They had installed the wrong dipstick as well which was showing the engine was full when it only had about half a quart in it. They claimed it was my fault as I never drained the fresh fill of oil out completely to see how much oil was actually in the engine. I paid a layer a couple hundred dollars and he said I had a case but with the time and headache spent recovering some money, it probably wouldn’t be worth it.
Interestingly the Ford Motorcraft engine that came was a complete long block from the factory with a fill of oil and a filter installed. The shop that installed this engine did actually check to see if there was oil in the engine and at the proper level when they installed it.
Omission caused by thexcitement of getting his rebuilt engine back with oil filter still attached.
Had the oil filter not been present, this likely never would have happened.
Perhaps engineshould be shipped with oil filter off.
I have never installed anything without adding oil to it (or checking 1st), I have over filled transmissions cause I didn’t know that that vendor sent them filled already… I learned to check before filling real quick I made a huge mess and brand new oil is VERY hard to mop up… lol
But incase I somehow, someway forgot to check the oil maybe cause I thought one of the other installers helping install the engine had checked it (just as an example), at startup when I noticed the “oil pressure gauge read ZERO” it would have been a red flag and my brain would have said to me, hey dum***** did anybody check the oil level??? NOT start checking wires and sensors or the “the oil monitoring system problem”… I bet these guys are the same ones that slap brake pads on and not pump up the brakes and wonder why they didn’t work when they backed into something cause they had no brakes…
I think it is a good idea actually to install the oil filter on an engine before shipping, even though it has no oil in the crankcase. The oil filter protects the oil filter adapter from getting damaged. Also would be a good idea to attach a sign or sticker to engine, big, bold lettering: “no oil in crankcase”. If I received an engine delivery , attached sign or not, I’d presume it has no oil in the crankcase. Similar to how if someone hands you a gun, experienced hunters & sportsmen will presume it is loaded with live-ammo and the safety is off.
Most mowers and small engine equipment comes this way. You pretty much cannot pull the starter rope or open the gas cap without breaking a seal of sorts that says something like “Must add engine oil - failure to do so will result in engine damage and void warranty.”
Maybe the packaging on crate engines should be marked this way. I remember the mechanics that installed my Ford crate engine being surprised it came prefilled with oil and was ready to go.
The owner wanted a special break-in oil used.
When I had Walmart do an oil change in our Camry, I supplied Mobil1 full synthetic 0W-20 instead of their using their motor oil.
They checked the air filter and broke the filter box cover tabs. To keep the box sealed, I had to tie a rope around it.
Being more ‘down to earth’ engine wise I’ll just mention that before starting any engine for the first time I install a mechanical gauge, then prime the oil pump with a drill when possible, otherwise with the plugs removed I spin the engine over until significant pressure is indicated. Even salvage yard engines seem to deserve that much concern to me.