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Old 08-30-2010, 04:55 PM
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i am have a oil pressure problem. the oil pressure on the gage is droping down when i am moving and when i stop it sites at the normal pressure. can anyone help.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:52 PM
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Do you have too much oil in the truck?
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the oil is at the right mark on the stick.
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could be a bad oil filter doing something weird. swap this first.

could be a bad sending unit. back of the block, on passenger side of distributor. sort of hard to reach. about $25.

could be bad oil pump, or clogged up pickup screen. inside oil pan.

could be a worn out motor.
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Mine was doing the same thing. faulty sending unit forced caused low oil pressure reading and cut engine off. RockAuto has switches ranging from 8 to 15 bucks. The hardest part is gonna be the replacement. It is literally behind the block next to the distributor. A buddy of mine actually shattered it trying to remove it. Another thing you can do is, change the oil and get Lucas Oil treatment, its like 15 bucks. It helps to thicken the oil so that the engine gets better lubrication.Lemme know if that helps
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i did a oil change and it seemed to help for now.
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i did a oil change and it helped for now and thank you for your help.
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so i am new to this whole forum thing .. i started this account so i could hopeful find out whats wrong with my truck i have a 96 dodge ram 318 5.2 l i have had the truck for a little now and the oil pressure was all messed up i think she heat sezzed ? i think thats how you spell it anyway i put a new oil pump and pick up tube in it when i start the truck it sounds great when i give it like 10 min if that it losse oil pressure and makes a noise when i hold it at 2000 rpm it has pressur and no noise at about 1500 rpm no oil light and has pressure but makes a noise i let of the gas and the oil light comes on and no pressure can some one help me thanks
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If the old oil pump seized, did you also replace the intermediate shaft that drives it? Otherwise, the hex end might be stripped to the point that it slips in the oil pump, and you are not getting full pressure. Other alternative is, your bearings are smoked, and its time for a rebuild. You might be able to get away with just redoing the bottom end. (may not even have to pull the motor....) so long as the crank or rods aren't screwed up.
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Sounds like you have a serious mechanical issue zx6rider, might be a sending unit but I doubt it's a bad pump or it would lose pressure on the increase of RPM at any engine temp. My guess is you have a clearance issue and as the engine warms, the oil warms and everything expands, you lose the flow through the engine causing the chatter or rapping noise you may be hearing.
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