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Chevrolet Lumina LS: I have a 97 lumina with 164000 miles.

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I have a 97 lumina with 164000 miles. I have put a lot of new parts in it, crank sensors, cam shaft sensor, o2 sensors, ecm, to many to list ,The motor has the notorious piston slap and has been that way for some time. A couple of days ago I replaced the throttle body gasket because I thought it was leaking vacumn. So then headed to the mechanic to see about knocking out the check engine light, He scanned it and said it was the camshaft sensor, I just put one less than a month ago. He said where did you get auto zone? I couldnt rember. He said spend the xtra funds from napa or pep boys ,so for 38 bucks I had one from pep boys. Did that and again headed back to shop but on the way over there the the low oil came, wasnt to concerend,maybe another sensor.It finally went off. On the way home 5 blocks and in the left turn lane It stops running. I had one hell of a time trying to keep it running ,then would quit. Got out and start pushing across the intersection. Anyway the car is in garage now and it will start right up but the oil indictor stays on and motor sounds like theres no oil getting to the lifters. could the problem b the oil pump or when I replaced upper and lower intake gasket a while back the oil pump pick up shaft dropped back down into the cavity. Is there a plastic clip that holds the pickup tube to the pump that could have gotten broken? There is oil in. Idont really want to junk the car but not much money either. By the way Ive done all repairs myself Thanks
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
its also a 3.1
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  BOBBYSS replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is Bobby. Thank you for the question. If the oil pump pick up is not attached to the pump then this can definitely occur. It sounds like you have no oil pressure. This will cause the engine to make noise and shut down as a fail safe due to the lack of oil pressure. I would see if the pick up is in place. If it is then replace the oil pump. Let me know if you need more help.