Okay, so long story short... Last week I did some semi-major engine work, including replacing the engine oil pump. It was very successful, until I hit a huge pot hole, hidden by an innocent looking puddle. This caused my steering stabilizer to slightly dent my oil pan. The dent came into contact with the end of the lower bolt holding the connecting rod of cly#3 together. I checked yesterday, & no serious damage, but I had to remove the oil pan to check & fix the dent.
I also noticed the pick up tube on the new pump was slightly loose. So I removed the pump fixed the pick up tube, & re-primed it the same way I did last week. The Haynes manual says to pour motor oil through the pick up tube, & manually turn the pump's drive shaft to prime it. It worked last week, but this week it didn't.
So, now I'm trying to avoid having to open the bottom of the engine again. Would this work? Removing the oil sensor from the back of the engine & pouring engine oil through that hole. My theory is that the oil will then be sitting on the top of the pump, & if I turn the engine crank shaft backwards by hand, then the pump will turn back wards, pulling the oil into the pump. Voila, pump primed... or no?