I think I killed my 300d this morning. I had changed the oil on sunday
and had to wrestle with the canister that the filter sits in. I've
converted it to run on WVO, and the coolant line now travels closer to
that canister than it did, necessitating a little struggle to swap
filters. I am now pretty sure that I knocked a fitting loose. I made
it about a mile and a half and almost up a steep hill before it lost
power and a few seconds later died. I rolled it backwards into
someone's driveway and left them a note. It was forming a puddle under
it. It was coming out fast, but slowed after a few seconds. It was
definitely coming from the area of the filter. Initially the engine
wouldn't turn over. I tried it about five minutes later and it turned
over, surprisingly started right up, then slowly died over the course
of three or so seconds. There was no oil on the dipstick. It also
showed no oil pressure. So it is not seized, but obviously ran for
about two or three minutes with either a lot less oil than it should
have, or none at all.
Once my wife picked me up and brought me home, I spotted the huge
puddle of oil in my drive. It trailed a four or five inch wide swath
out into the road, which made it about 100 feet before shrinking in
width significantly. So now I think I might either have to rebuild the
engine, or at least find the leak. Everything is coated in oil, so
that might be a challenge.
My plan is to have it towed home, clean the engine off as well as I
can, try to fix that leak, then fill it with oil, run a compression
test, and decide whether the engine is worth keeping or not based on
the results. Does that sound like a decent plan?
My other plan revolves around using the free page on Craigslist and
finding an old subaru wagon, but I won't go too far into that.