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#1 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 12:55 PM
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No Oil In Oil Filter

1998 Frontier, 177,155 miles. I just pulled the oil filter off and there was no oil in the filter - nothing. Like it had been a long time since the oil filter had seen oil. I then drained the oil from the tank and it had plenty. Do I have a problem? Oil pump or .....? Thank for any help.
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What do you mean no oil? Was it oem new as in no dark color or was it simply dry looking or what?

You may have an oil circulation issue. I'd pop a hole in the side of the filter to see if any oil is behind the pleats.

How long was the oci? Do you have an oil pressure gauge?

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No Oil In Oil Filter

1. The oil filter was basically dry. I could see where there use to be oil in the filter but when I took it off the engine it was dry - no oil came out of the filter and no oil came out of the engine - dry.
2. It was dry looking.
3. The oil that came out of the drain hole was very dark but there was plenty of it - just like you would expect. The stick read correct for oil level.
4. It does not have an oil pressure gauge.

This truck has sat for about 4 months before our son gave it back to us. He just didn't drive it. I have been checking/changing the fluids, blades, bulbs, washer pump, etc. to bring it back up to speed. I just have never taken off the oil filter and have nothing come out. That's why I asked.
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If it's a FRAM filter, all the oil likely drained out through the crappy anti-drainback valve. Or it's the wrong filter designed for vertical installation with no anti-drainback.

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It was a Fram HM7317. Wow I wouldn't have thought the oil would drain out that fast. I drove the truck around the block to get the engine hot and waited about 30 minutes so I could touch the filter. I guess I'll keep an eye on it.
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If you drove the truck, there should be oil in the oil filter. Vehicles typically have a filter by-pass in case the filter gets clogged or malfunctions, but it should not be dry.
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That is what bothered me in the first place. The inside of that filter was dry and I had just driven it. Would a bad oil pump cause that or what?
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If you drove the truck, there should be oil in the oil filter. Vehicles typically have a filter by-pass in case the filter gets clogged or malfunctions, but it should not be dry.
That's what I was thinking. If it were me I'd spend the extra $10 or so and buy an additional filter. Put the first one on and run the engine for a couple minutes, and then remove to see if it got oil or not.

With the old filter being a Fram, it's no telling what happened.

You would know if the oil pump went out, trust me. That would have been an awful racket



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I will go drive the truck & pull the filter & report back.
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This time it had oil in the filter. I don't know maybe I let it sit too long or there was another problem. Seems to be working now. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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