- Dec 24, 2003
Hi all, the last time we went wheeling i noticed that on super steep declines (particularly shelf-like drop-offs) that my low oil level light would come on. Sometimes while slowly working the rig over the terrain the low oil level light would stay on for some thirty seconds. At no time did the oil pressure drop any at all and at no time did the motor make any sounds such as rattles or rocks like you would expect with oil starvation. BUT, this really made me wonder what was going on, how much sooner (based on the height of the sensor vs. the height of the oil pump pickup tube) will the low oil level light come on vs. when the oil pump pickup tube is really out of oil? I can see the position of the sensor but it is hard to see where the oil pump pickup tube would start sucking from. Also, is it one pickup tube in the 1FZFE or are there two tubes so that whether you are tilting up or down you are assured oil??? If it is only one ( I should just look in the FSM) and if that light is really indicating that the pickup tube might be burping air up instead of oil, what is the right thing to do when navigating this steep terrain? I can't imagine physically being able to climb or descend something so steep that the tube is out of oil but i'm not sure so i thought i'd ask, and yes I searched. Thanks.