Running Ford Ranger on Extremely low oil
I have a 2002 Extended cab ford ranger with a v6 3.0L engine. I checked my oil about a month ago and it was fine, about 3/4 way up the stick to max. Well my oil pressure gauge started dropping from normal to low. Almost like it was completely broken but just randomly and fast. While my foot was on the gas most of the time it stayed at normal. Anyway this went on for about a week and today I checked the oil and there was none on the dipstick, I mean it was dry! I added 3 quarts and now its back up to about half way. There hasn't been any knocking or strange sounds at all and the oil pressure light never came on. The engine temperature also never overheated. I estimate I drove about 400-500 miles with what I'm guessing is a quart of oil in the pan. I found that there is a leak and that's the cause of the low oil. My question is, do you think there is any severe damage or consequences for running it with that little bit of oil in it.
No, but I'd definitely want to know where the oil went. How long since your last oil change? I can't imagine why, if the oil gauge was dropping, you didn't check the oil level immediately! HTH. -Jim
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