2001 Expedition what can metal in oil mean?


Asked by Apr 02, 2015 at 04:02 PM about the 2001 Ford Expedition XLT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I recently had the motor of our 2001 Expedition replaced. Well I've kept a close eye on
the oil and watching for when it should have first oil change. We've driven it
approximately 2000 miles since replacement and the oil has always looked perfect.
Seriously, I've never seen oil look so clear on a dipstick. Well, while my learning to
drive son was driving it ran a little rough. Got to our destination about 8 miles and I
drove off and noticed oil light on. I turned right around and popped hood and checked
oil. It didn't seem bad maybe a little low but, really we hadn't let it sit long enough to
get accurate level reading. I did notice, however, that the color was darker than it had
ever been but nothing unusual, just like the color I'm used to seeing when checking a
vehicles oil. We added some oil, then I started it to watch the oil light. It went off after
a few seconds then it came back on a few seconds ater that. I have left it at that
location ever since. My older sons who have average knowledge of vehicles, not pros
but not ignorant either, took a look, they said they saw metal when they checked the
The vehicle has gone nowhere since this started. I'm wondering, should we remove
filter, drain oil, refill and see what happens or should I take it straight to a mechanic by
tow truck. How serious could this problem be?

3 Answers


With a brand new engine, if there was metal shaving on dipstick (I don't know how else they could tell unless he drained some) then there is a LOT in pan. It may have spun a bearing if the rod cap was not torqued and chewed it up. Or a bolt, a part, dropped in engine during assembly. I recommend a tow back to where the work was done. Then after whatever happens, get a drain plug with a magnet on it to see monitor it. Even get one of those long, thin things with a magnet on the end and insert it as far as possible in dipstick tube...see what you can

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Too expensive to take a gamble

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OK. Thank you. Not what I wanted to hear of course, but it is what it is!

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