my 1998 S10 truck with a 4 cyd engine has oil pressure of 60 psi at start up but slowly drops back to 20 psi and neqr sreo when I stop. What might be the cause?

Asked by Sep 21, 2014 at 06:37 PM about the 1998 Chevrolet S-10

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

di i need a new oil pump?

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Do you have high mileage on your truck? My '03 S-10 pick up, also with the 2.2 L 4 cylinder, shows about 25 PSI on the dash gauge at idle and fully warmed up. It's got just under 283,000 miles on the original engine. Low oil pressure at idle is usually the first warning sign of bad bearings. But to be sure, get a cheapo beepo mechanical oil pressure gauge, for testing purposes, just to be certain that the oil pressure is really low. If it is, it could be a failing oil pump, bad bearings, clogged pick up screen in the oil pan, or even a faulty oil filter. HTH. -Jim

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How about a bad sensor or even a tired gauge? Put a heavier weight oil in the engine and see if that helps some. I have high mileage on my Buick and had the low oil light come on on start up. I traded the 30 weight for 40 weight and that stopped the problem. Those Chevy four banger motors were not made to last too long. They have been referred to "throw away motors" due to the soft metal used in the engine castings. That many miles shows good care. Good job, and keep on trucking. The aluminum engines will warp and change shape ever so slightly that will cause a break in some of the oil seals that maintain top oil pressure inside the engine. I had a transmission that the tail housing got out of round and the bearings would not seat so I kept losing oil from the transmission. I was told there was no fix as the rear housing could not be made round to fit the replacement bearings. "throw away transmissions". I thew away the truck.

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