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Old 01-16-2013, 05:43 AM   #1
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When idling, the oil gauge will drop down to zero and when I tap on the gas it will go up to the normal level. Any ideas?
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Maybe bad sending unit or pump going out! Kinda scary. I would take to a shop and see if there is metal in the oil.
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Get a mechanical oil pressure gauge on the motor to check the oil pressure correctly. Don't go by the cars own instruments. You need to verify the engines oil pressure. I don't mean installing an autometer gauge either. Use an auto mechanics tool to be sure.
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I agree, you need to get the actual oil pressure checked ASAP--or just buy a new "sending unit" (they are only $10) and see if that is the problem.

The "sending unit" on our cars is just a pressure switch that opens if the oil pressure is lower than 6 psi. That your gauge is dropping to 0 at idle is not a good sign, hopefully it is just the switch...
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