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truck spit motor out oil and will only turn left?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by coreyod21, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. coreyod21

    coreyod21 Member
    Messages: 44

    Here's the story. This was my first year ever plowing. I have a 97 Silverado with the 5.7 motor. I was turning into a drive and had the steering lock up when I only turned right. I backed out and switched it back to 2 wheel drive. Needless to say after it disengaged I can steer both ways again. So I hurried to the parts store I figured it was the drivers side CV joint and was going to hurry and fix it . At the parts store I wanted to try 4x4 again just to check again. Like before the steering locked up when trying to turn right. Then out of no where I smell motor oil and seen smoke so I looked and there was oil all over in the snow.I checked and the engine was completely drained of all oil. This was in the matter of seconds. After calling a tow and just getting home from my first try at plowing Im searching for answers. I would like to fix this before the next storm. Please any help im stumped. Don't think the turning problem had anything to do with the oil. I need any suggestions on where to start please. Thanks in advanced.
     
  2. coreyod21

    coreyod21 Member
    Messages: 44

    also when the truck spilled out all the oil I didn't hear any knocking or odd noises like a bang or anything and truck ran only briefly because I turned it off as soon as I seen the oil leaking. Any suggestions? I believe the turning problem is just a cv joint correct me if im wrong but where can the oil leaking be coming from?
     
  3. abbottfarm

    abbottfarm Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 108

    Are you sure it's engine oil that sprayed everywhere, and when you were trying to turn with it locking up you didn't blow a pressure line coming off your power steering pump?
     
  4. Eggie329

    Eggie329 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Like abbottfarm said, that sound like the pressure blew a steering line. That could very well be steering fluid instead of oil. Is it possible the truck was already low on oil?
     
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    did the oil cooler hoses get bound up, and by turning you cut the hose??
    did you verify where the leak was coming from??
     
  6. coreyod21

    coreyod21 Member
    Messages: 44

    the first thing I checked was the power steering fluid and the Trans fluid.they looked full. The oil was dry. I always check my fluids the engine only has 130k and ran with fully synthetic so doesn't burn or leak prior to this. I checked the snow and I'm positive it's motor oil. where ever the leak is it would have to be high pressure because I was at idle and in a matter of seconds all the oil was gone. where exactly is the oil lines? Would they be in the front tired into the radiator?
     
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    Yes. They go from the drivers side area along the oil pan, and up to the radiator.
     
  8. coreyod21

    coreyod21 Member
    Messages: 44

    I'm going to crawl under the truck asap and check. The lines are the only thing I can think of I just don't see how they could of got pinched
     
  9. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Trying to understand how cv axles would keep the truck from turning.
     
  10. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    2. It is possible. Slight,, but it they break internally just right they could get jammed. Now is it a one in a million sure
     
  11. coreyod21

    coreyod21 Member
    Messages: 44

    I'm not sure if it even is the CV axle. I was just thinking that it somehow jammed up. I'm no shop mechanic but I'm a young backyard mechanic I'm by far no expert so please tell me what you think it is?
     
  12. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    Well worry about the oil leak first...lines, or the filter adaptor if its got one
     
  13. coreyod21

    coreyod21 Member
    Messages: 44

    It was also making a clunk noise when I would just take off and vibrate the truck slightly as I accelerate faster. I original thought it was the front universal joint but then I developed the turning problem
     
  14. coreyod21

    coreyod21 Member
    Messages: 44

    now that you mentioned filter adopter from what I was able to see last night it looked wet around that area. What could be wrong with the adapter?
     
  15. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    They leak. The o-ring goes bad.
     
  16. coreyod21

    coreyod21 Member
    Messages: 44

    It was also making a clunk noise when I would just take off and vibrate the truck slightly as I accelerate faster. I original thought it was the front universal joint but then I developed the turning problem
     
  17. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    Not alot I can say on.that to many guesses to try without feeling it, hearing it , shaking stuff down. I would say get the oil leak fixed first,,then maybe take the tk in. My .02
     
  18. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Definitively check the oil cooler lines.

    Had mine rot out on my 8.1 and dropped about half it's oil until I shut it off.

    No damage that I know of and still chugging along.


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  19. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    If that was directed to me, why would steering change from 2wd to 4wd?
     
  20. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    I thought he said its still doing it in 2wd? Did I missread something