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My neighbors sister has a 2003 Rav4 limited. Approx 174k on the odometer. She got new tires and an oil change on 11-1-22. They must have drained the oil, and changed the filter while they were doing the tires, but then forgot to add the oil when they brought it down off the lift. She then used it for the little bit of driving she does at home. She then headed to our town for thanksgiving. She made it 268 highway miles before the engine stalled and seized. My question is, is it really possibly for these v6’s to go that far with no oil? I know the shop is going to give her a hard time. Its a national brand.

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Posted by: @denniskelly

is it really possibly for these v6’s to go that far with no oil?

Evidently, as your sister just proved, it is possible.

Posted by: @denniskelly

I know the shop is going to give her a hard time. Its a national brand.

who was it?

 

Posted by: @denniskelly

She then headed to our town for thanksgiving. She made it 268 highway miles before the engine stalled and seized

You need to teach your sister to check the dipstick. Especially before long trips, and doubly so after having the car worked on.

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Short answer, yes, it's possible, just like any other engine, but the noise is quite evident. No much experience with cars in that particular subject, but had at least 3 motorcycles that seized due to lack of oil (my workers), it's not about distance in most cases, the way you drive it also affetcts the oil. The lack of oil therefore lubrication, is always bad.

The damage can go from the crankshaft, piston, bearings, or the cylinder most mot of the cases i've seen in motorcycles, but cars are more complex, and the solution always comes to replacing the whole thing to avoid further damage (in case it's still fixable).

Also it's toyota, they're definely resilient, no jokes, they can endure a lot of abuse until they go out for good, which no one wouldn't want.

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