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Oil pressure and big ends/main bearings

Omniquito Sep 16, 2012

  1. Omniquito

    Omniquito Member

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    Hi guys, noob question I think but here goes...

    What do main and big end bearings have to do with loss of oil pressure (if any) and why would a failing one of these cause loss of said oil pressure?

    Sorry for what is most likely a noob question but I haven't completely grasped my oil pressure issue and found remnants of what I think are bits of shell bearings in my pickup gauze...
     
  2. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    loss of oil pressure means the bearings arent fed with as much oil, if any, leads to them getting hot and wearing, FAST!
    there is also damage to the head and turbo.
    if this does happen you will have severe knocking from the big ends, until eventually its ****s itself.

    low oil pressure is basically worse than AIDS
     
  3. <tuffty/>

    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator Audi S3

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    Typically bearing failure is the result of loss of oil pressure... your oil pressure issue will haev caused the shells to run hot and destroy themselves... I would say the debris you have found is the result of the low oil pressure rather than the cause

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  4. jimmcgee

    jimmcgee Active Member

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    read this , basically , the main bearing goes , there is more room for the oil to **** through and you lose pressure , simplessss .
     
  5. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    FWIW, my old A4 was on 195k and had low oil pressure. The crank and bearings were spot on, the loss of presssure was simply down to the oil pump.

    If bits of bearing had disintegrated and made their way into the sump it'd be knocking like mad. Certainly wouldnt drive normally.
     
  6. Omniquito

    Omniquito Member

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    Fantastic, thank you. I had a feeling the bearings could effect pressure.
     
  7. Omniquito

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    Thank you again for your awesomeness Aragorn!
    mines done 220k and when when it's cold and warm prior to oil pressure drop it's NOT knocking and the whole engine actually sounds pretty good tbh... Might get the pump done and the big ends whilst they are in there...
     
  8. phil miller

    phil miller Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    havent read your link, but have to say you have got it bang on, when i was at college (20 yrs ago) they couldnt explain it as easy as that
     
  9. Omniquito

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    Just another quick question, my garage said he would never reuse a shell bearing once the cap was removed.

    What is your view on it? Can I undo and inspect and redo up a big end?

    Mind you, after re reading Jims post it's a main that will effect pressure and I can't reuse the bolts so can't inspect without buying new bolts....
     
  10. boost-addict

    boost-addict Well-Known Member

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    this all depends on how worn they are, say for example there 2mm stock and minimal wear point is 1.75mm and yours are 1.86mm

    then you may as well change them whule your looking. you can do big ends with just the sump off.
    but then you cant replace main bearings, or small ends,

    if you have lost pressure, personally would replace all bearings/shells plus oil pump
     
  11. phil miller

    phil miller Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    you can reuse them any good mechanic will A, check the thickness and B know if there heaverly worn, you cant re-use the bolts but as they are pence its not really a problem, although i do know a mechanic that did re use the bolts and threadlocked them, he never had a problem but then they werent turbo'd engines so a little different TBH
     

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